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People don’t take parking tickets seriously, a Youngstown official says



Published: Thu, April 11, 2013 @ 12:07 a.m.

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

A plan to overhaul the city’s parking-ticket system will lead to better collections without adding staff, said Clerk of Courts Sarah Brown-Clark.

“One of the major obstacles” in collecting parking fines is “people have not taken us seriously,” Brown-Clark told city council’s safety committee Tuesday.

That’s because the clerk’s office is limited in its authority to go after those who don’t pay parking- ticket fines, she said.

With the creation of a parking-violations bureau, tickets would be handled in a way that could be enforced through the municipal-court system, Brown-Clark and city Law Director Anthony Farris said.

“We can file civil procedures and garnish people’s wages,” Brown-Clark said.

City council will consider creating the bureau as well as making adjustments to the cost of tickets at its meeting Wednesday.

“We have a huge number of outstanding parking fines,” Brown-Clark said. “Some are 10 years old, and we have not had enforcement.”

She estimated there are about $100,000 in unpaid tickets, including one motorist who owes $6,800. There are several others with $4,000 in unpaid tickets.

Currently, parking tickets are $10 each as long as they’re paid within 10 days of being ticketed. It goes to $20 after 20 days and then to $30 after 30 days.

Brown-Clark and Farris recommended parking tickets start at $20 with people having 30 days to pay and then going to $30 after that.

But at the suggestion of Councilwoman Annie Gillam, D-1st, a member of the safety committee, the initial fee in the proposal will be reduced to $10. Farris said the original discussion he had with Brown-Clark was $50 for a ticket.

Also, Brown-Clark said her office would provide amnesty for six days, May 6 to 11, in which those owing parking-ticket fees could pay the original $10 cost for tickets without the additional late penalties as long as they pay all of their fines.

After the amnesty week ends, the new city policy also would allow the city to impound or lock vehicles with more than $500 in unpaid parking tickets.


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1dd933(243 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

"I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement" - Calvin Coolidge - 30th President of the United States

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2republicanRick(1221 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

If we receive more parking ticket money then Sarah Brown-Clark can go to more luxury seminars.

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3endthismess(324 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

This debt rests cleary on the hands of the Keystone Group of Ding Dongs who are called city council! Be ashamed of yourselves for NEVER getting the or a job done...EVER. Boots?? Really!!! Boots have been around FOREVER! This is the 21st century. All of you...GET off your lazy hind ends city council. This job is way tooooo much work for you people. You should all be ashamed of your lazy selves, letting a debt like this spin up to this size! Worthless group of wanna be's who are always fighting with each other while stepping of dollars to pick up dimes. And....you lazy council people want people to move back into town......and then if we raise hell with you to do your jobs and stop blowing the city's money on yourselves...you will decide everyone is predjudice...and that's how that story goes...HUH!. OH....yes it is. This city is what city council has made things become over the many years....and your reputations all speak volumes, huh.

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4fudputer(46 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

how about this -if the tickets are not paid in the alloted time-suspend their drivers lic- and for the guy that owes $6800----------impound his car!!!!!!!! anybody out there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! throw him in jail....

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5RTS1416(117 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Please go back to NYC.

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