Audit: Detroit parking department failed to properly oversee company managing garages


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DETROIT — An audit says Detroit's parking department failed to properly oversee the company that managed city parking garages.

WWJ-AM and the Detroit Free Press report that the auditor general's report looked at the city's oversight of Park-Rite, which managed six parking garages.

Parking department Director Norman White calls the audit's findings "deeply troubling." White says the department already is making changes. White says the contract was terminated this month and an automated system is being installed at garages.

Detroit Auditor General Mark Lockridge's report says that the parking department didn't know the terms of the Park-Rite contract; didn't document the company's performance; and didn't properly monitor payments to reimburse the company.

In a statement, Park-Rite says its documentation could have been better. It notes the report found no "theft or malice."

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