PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- If you've ventured out to downtown Phoenix recently and had issues with the parking meters, you're not alone. 

Complaints about the money-collecting meters have come from both residents and City Council members.  

"It sucks you spend all that time trying to find that perfect spot and then the meter doesn't work, now you risk getting a ticket, or do I go look for another one and then it just wastes your time,” Filip Taoharevic, who lives downtown, said. 

Complaints range from the meters not working to problems with the screens. 

“My least favorite part with them is when the sun is glaring at them, you can't even see what's going on so I don't even know if I paid or not,” Taoharevic said. 

Complaints like this prompted the City of Phoenix to fix hundreds of parking meters in downtown. 

According to the city, crews have refurbished 540 meters plus 120 meters got a new screen and 220 more will get refurbished.

"Infrastructure is huge so updating of the meters is important," Taoharevic said.

The city says crews will continue to refurbish parking meters on a regular schedule. 

The contract for the city's current parking meter vendor expires in January 2022. The Street Transportation Department says it will ask City Council for permission to get a new vendor on board, meaning more changes could be coming to downtown Phoenix parking meters next year. 

 

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