Raleigh votes to crack down on parking fines
Posted April 19, 2011 10:11 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — The Raleigh City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to enact changes to parking rules to make up for a projected $1.4 million shortfall in the city's parking fund.
The changes include taking money out of the tax refunds of people with parking tickets or fines of more than $50. The city said there are more than $2 million in uncollected parking fines.
The rules would also allow officials to place a boot on a person's vehicle, even if it is parked legally, if they run the license plate and find out it has outstanding tickets.
Officials also said they plan to get approval from the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles to put holds on vehicle registrations of those who have unpaid parking tickets or fines.
City officials said other options are also being explored.
The city's parking budget is projected to fall more than $1.4 million short of its budget in the 2011-12 fiscal year, officials said. They blamed the weak economy, lower on-street parking revenue than expected and an increase in debt service payments.