2007/08 $2.4 millionAccording to Jerry Blackwood, who oversees the city's parking programs, the $1.1 annual increase came because the Commissionaires only kept five enforcement officers on duty at any one time, while Securitas has 10 on enforcement officers on duty.
2008/09 $3.4 million
2009/10 $3.5 million
As Bruce Wark pointed out last year, the Commissionaires-employed officers were paid $12.50 an hour, while Securitas' officers only make minimum wage.
Parking enforcement officers give tickets for expired meters, but also for illegally parking in other areas, and for parking too long in an unmetered space.
Interestingly, HRM collects more from parking fines than it does from parking meters. For each of the three years listed above, parking meter revenue was essentially flat, at $2.6 million.