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Parking Plan To Cut Jobs 

They’re practically a staple of downtown Bangor, but the vigilant four person staff that’s monitored parking for years, may lose their jobs.”There’s no question, over time, it’s going to save tax payer dollars and it will be a more efficient system in managing the parking downtown,” said city councilor, David Nealley.A proposed parking enforcement plan would eliminate the part-time positions.The city wants to condense the responsibilities into one job, hired through the private company, Republic Parking.”Basically, it’s a surveillance vehicle that goes around and they’ll be way more accurate in terms of driving up ticket revenue,” said Nealley.But at a city council meeting this week, Nealley wasn’t entirely sold on the idea.”They had all these projections on assumed costs and as far as I’m concerned they hadn’t sharpened their pencil to give us some concrete data.”City officials say transitioning to a new system would cost about $85,000 in equipment fees in the first year.They say it would be another three years before the city would see a return on its investment.The plan shows that hiring only one parking monitor would save about $17,000 a year.Parking officials didn’t want to go on camera, but they did express concern as to how the city expects one person to take over all of their jobs.””City staff has to go back, take a look at the numbers again, see what the real bottom line is going be, see if we can come up with a much more realistic figure, if you will,” Bangor Police Chief, Ron Gastia.Chief Gastia’s police department is home to the parking enforcement team, and before anything is set in stone, he’d like to make sure the four employees will be taken care of.