City controller to audit PPA; last audit was in 2009

Rhynhart says PPA gives relatively little to school district

Pat Loeb
July 11, 2018 - 5:21 pm
City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart and Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart said she will audit the Philadelphia Parking Authority, fulfilling a campaign promise. 

It will be the first city audit of the agency in nine years.

Rhynhart said she is going to look at the expenses of the on-street parking operations, including staffing levels and salaries. Her concern is PPA is taking in $135 million a year through meters, ticketing, booting and other activities that impact Philadelphians, but delivering relatively little to the School District of Philadelphia.

"Every dollar we can save from the Parking Authority's on-street parking expenses is a dollar that goes to the district, one-for-one," she said.

PPA Executive Director Scott Petri says he welcomes the audit. He said Rhynhart will find a vastly different agency than the one that existed two years ago, back when PPA was rocked by a sexual harassment scandal — now a leaner, more accountable agency.

"All these changes? They're saving millions and millions of dollars," he said.

Petri added that PPA expects to increase its contribution to the school district by 30 percent this year.