Unfortunately, Iowa City's nine "donation stations" have failed to achieve that lofty monetary goal. In fact, the meters have only raised $2,811 during the past four years! Because of this, the City of Iowa City plans to decommission their parking meter donation stations:
“Simply stated, the community costs and efforts to maintain the donation meters is not worth the small amount of revenue that is collected,” (Assistant Iowa City Manager Geoff) Fruin wrote in the memo. Fruin wrote that he will hold off on removing the meters until the Iowa City Council reviews the recommended action during its next meeting on July 15.T?he Iowa City Police Department, the Iowa City Downtown District, and the Johnson County Local Homeless Coordinating Board have all back this recommendation.
(Iowa City Manager Tom) Markus said the city wants to continue supporting social service agencies but would like to find more effective programs that make a more meaningful impact. “I think the parking meter program was well-intentioned, but there might be a more efficient way to raise money for these agencies,” he said.