Stamford extends meter hours to raise cash

The city of Stamford is looking to raise revenues by extending the time drivers must feed municipal parking meters, but not everybody?s buying into the idea. Stamford says it is strapped for cash and estimates extending the time meters run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. could bring in an extra $250,000 a year.

Now that the meters run four hours later, some business owners say it?s a hassle for their customers. Jenna Norman, a waitress at a Stamford bar, says she?ll have to start making meter runs in the middle of her shifts.

Other Stamford residents say increasing the city?s revenue could help make much-needed improvements.

The city says residents will get a warning for the next few weeks if they don?t put money in the meters after 6 p.m. After that, the city will start handing out fines.

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