Street-sweeper reductions costing SF

April 23, 2009 1:24:24 PM PDT
San Francisco recently decided to reduce its street sweeping service to save money, now that strategy appears to be backfiring.

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The Chronicle reports the city is losing four-times more money than it's saving. The problem is a drop in revenue from parking tickets previously given to drivers who were parked in areas slated to be swept. Tickets in those areas were off 26 percent from October to December, compared with the previous year.

The city will lose nearly $4 million a year if that trend continues, that's compared to the $1 million in savings they got by cutting the street sweeping service.

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