Collect outstanding parking fine debts

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Campaign: Transportation

Collect the $52 million on outstanding parking fines reported on by KIRO-TV in February.

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  1. Comment
    Community Member

    Sounds like a good idea, but how much will it cost to do this? It may be a money losing effort, especially if you can't get people to pay.

  2. Comment
    Community Member

    Offer people who owe fines to pay them off with volunteer services. Hook them up with some of the programs that are facing budget cuts.

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    Community Member

    Parking officers can easily determine if a car parked overtime owes parking fines. If the total equals some large amount they should be able to boot the car or have it towed. Unpaid fines would evaporate.

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    Community Member

    This is in the budget already, as part of the increase in rates. It actually goes a step further: there is an additional penalty for racking up a ton of tickets. Check page 18 of the summary (http://seattle.gov/council/budget/attachments/20100929_2011-2012_budget_overview.pdf). It reads:

    Currently more than 27,000 vehicles with four or more outstanding parking violations, totaling more than $15 million

    * City will begin affixing an immobilizing boot to scofflaw vehicle

    * Unlike current impounding practices, to remove the boot, drivers of scofflaw vehicles will be required to pay a fee as well as make arrangements to pay underlying scofflaw offenses