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West Palm Beach to Donate Leftover Meter Money to Help Homeless

What to Know

  • The unused money comes from the over 200 sensor-enabled street meters that have been placed in the city since 2016.
  • Officials expect more money to be collected and donated as additional meters are installed in the city.

Commissioners in one South Florida city have approved a plan to allow money left unused in parking meters to be donated to help homeless residents.

West Palm Beach officials unanimously approved the plan to allow the parking revenue to be transferred to another department specifically for homeless prevention initiatives.

According to NBC affiliate WPTV, the first donation was for just under $12,500.

The unused money comes from the over 200 sensor-enabled street meters that have been placed in the city since 2016, which detect when a car has left and clears the remaining balance before the next car arrives.

“I am proud of the city employees at both the parking administration and the HCD Departments for their forward-thinking approach to support our homelessness initiatives, which remain a top priority,” Mayor Jeri Muoio told the station.

Officials expect more money to be collected and donated as additional meters are installed in the city.

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