The Atlanta City Council recently jacked up parking fines so it could feed its own meter.
On June 18, the council voted 8-4 to raise parking fines from $25 to $35, then to $70 after 14 days and $95 within 45 days. Two Buckhead council members – Howard Shook, District 7, and Felicia Moore, District 9 – voted against the increases.
Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean, District 8, voted for it, but called the city’s contract with ParkAtlanta “deeply flawed.”
Atlanta still has time left on its contract with ParkAtlanta, the private company it hired to enforce parking fees. When residents complained, Atlanta tried to curb the more aggressive enforcement measures, including allowing for free parking on Sundays.
ParkAtlanta took the city to court, saying it couldn’t give the city more than $5 million a year required by its contract if the city limited its ability to collect fines.
An arbitrator agreed and said ParkAtlanta owed Atlanta $1.5 million.
The fines are intended to cover the difference.
Shook said he didn’t support the increases because it’s difficult for people who receive erroneous tickets to appeal.
“My view is, if you’re going to have enhanced revenue there needs to be enhanced appeals,” Shook said.