June 18, 2013
The Charlottesville City Council voted last night to approve the new parking ordinance that will increase fines in the city.
The new ordinance bumps up the price of a parking ticket from $15 to $20 dollars if you stay longer than the time limit at a space.
If you park in a handicap spot the price of the ticket is $180 dollars instead of $100.
All five members voted to approve the ordinance, but they have not yet worked out the one-time parking fee waiver issue.
They want to give a break to people who have never had a ticket in the city. This is a one-time waiver, not one-time a year waiver that was discussed in previous meeting.
"We want space to be available for the next person that comes downtown to shop, eat, or work," says council member Kristin Szakos. "We also want to make sure that if someone accidentally stays a little long or they forget and they aren't in the habit of doing that, that they have some kind of forgiveness."
Overall, council members just want to make sure people are following parking laws.