Toronto has taken a hit on parking ticket revenues.
The city of Toronto spent an extra $1.3 million last year on hiring 29 additional parking control officers.
Staff told city council that without the extra officers, parking ticket revenues would fall by $6 million.
The stats are now in for last year. More than 2.6-milion parking tickets were handed out, down by more than 131,000 from 2012.
City hall staff say there are several reasons for this, including more people paying the meters and following other parking rules; the fact that there was a grace period for vehicles during December's ice storm and because parking enforcement officers were, at times, tied-up with other duties such as relocating cars for weather-related cleanup.
Now the business-minded city councillor Doug Ford is saying if parking ticket revenues continue to go down, then Toronto won't need as many parking enforcement officers so he's talking about letting some of them go.
It is worth noting the Toronto Police Services Board instructed Chief Bill Blair to look at the feasibility of outsourcing parking enforcement.
There is no indication when he'll report back.