City Prepares to Collect Dues on Unpaid Parking Tickets
Published July 8th, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - According to current Gainesville City Manager Russ Blackburn, there are over 19,000 unpaid in the tickets worth over $600,000.
When TV20 last reported on the system in 2011, the city was owed more than one point five million dollars in unpaid tickets, a sign that payment was not a priority in the minds of the rulebreakers.
Gainesville Resident Wardele Mayes says,"We would do that because we don't this month or next month to pay it and we do that knowing that nobody would come come after us BUT in that meantime we would have so many other things come up we'd normally forget."
The city only enforces a penalty on drivers with late payments when they have gathered 3 or more parking tickets, at that point they are unable renew their vehicle registration.
City leaders consider the program a success if they at least match the amount they invested in mailing notifications to the target group.
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