Auditor, authority disagree Pa. meters are missing

PITTSBURGH (AP) — About 380 parking meters scrapped by the Pittsburgh Parking Authority are missing. Or are they?

City Controller Michael Lamb contends nearly 400 of more than 3,800 meters that were supposed to be in storage are missing. The older, coin-operated meters are being replaced by computerized kiosks that collect parking fees from several spaces on each street.

But parking authority executive director David Onorato says he doesn’t believe the scrapped meters are missing. He claims only 3,500 meters have been removed and that the meters Lamb found “missing” are the result of an error in reporting how many have been removed.

The missing meters would be worth about $800 if sold for scrap, or about $36,000 if sold for reuse. But Onorato says nobody wants them because most municipalities are using newer technology.

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