June 28, 2012 | Vol. 110, No. 26

Parking fines to increase

The Petersburg Public Safety Advisory Board heard from Petersburg Police Chief Jim Agner on the subject of raising parking fines in the near future.

“The fines for parking haven't been raised in approximately 30 years,” Agner said. “In communities that have parking fines, we are the lowest in the southeast area.”

In the beginning, parking fines at the rate of $7 to $10 was equivalent to one to one and a half hours of salary.

“The salary for the parking attendant has increased over the years,” Agner said. “More hours are involved in the position and the current fine is not a deterrent for parking illegally.”

Ordinances allow parking fines to be raised up to $20 without a city ordinance change.

“I am hesitant to raise fines now in the middle of the summer season,” Agner said. “But I would like to raise them in the spring after educating the public about the change.”

The board gave approval of raising the parking fine to $20 in the spring of 2013.

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