Chicago, meter company bicker over $14 million

July 2, 2012

Associated Press

The bickering continues between the city of Chicago and the company running its parking meters.

The Chicago Tribune reports the dispute is over out-of-service parking spots, with Chicago Parking Meters threatening to go to mediation over more than $14 million the company says the city owes it.

The company says it lost the money during a nine-month period that ended late last year because of street closings, construction and other reasons.

But Mayor Rahm Emanuel says it doesn't make sense to write a check before the city analyzes the data to determine if it owes the $14.2 million as the company contends.

That money is part of nearly $50 million that the company has billed the city since Emanuel took office. Emanuel has refused to pay.