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Amount the city spent to replace its 960 mechanical parking meters with 1,836 computerized ones in April 2004: $550,800

Amount the city collected in parking meter fees in 2004: $1,851,000

Amount the city collected in 2003: $957,000

Cost to park for an hour on a mechanical meter in 2000: $1

Cost to park for an hour on a computerized meter in 2005: $2

Approximate number of computerized parking meters stolen since April 2004: 500

Cost to replace one stolen computerized parking meter: $500

Number of arrests that have been made in the past year for parking meter thefts: 5

Approximate number of parking meters found along the railroad tracks downtown, off Marietta Street: 40

Number of parking meters stolen from in front of City Hall: 4

Sources: Atlanta Department of Public Works, Atlanta Police Department

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