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Janesville City Council to consider raising parking fines

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MARCIA A. NELESEN
February 25, 2012
— Would a $40 fine keep you from parking in a handicapped stall? How about $120?

The Janesville City Council on Monday will consider ratcheting up fines for several public safety violations to encourage residents to take heed.


It also will consider increasing other parking fines by 50 percent. The bigger fines would bring in more revenue, and the council already has included that revenue in its 2012 budget.


Ordinances must be changed, though, to put the increases into effect. A public hearing is scheduled at Monday’s meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in City Hall, 18 N. Jackson St.


Parking ticket fines would increase 50 percent, from $10 to $15 and from $20 to $30.


Fines for the following violations will more than double:


-- Parking on the street during snow emergencies, from $20 to $50.


-- Parking within 10 feet of a fire hydrant, from $20 to 50.


-- Parking in a handicapped parking stall, from $40 to $120.


A survey showed that Janesville’s fines are lower than the average in eight peer cities that responded to a survey, Police Chief David Moore wrote in a memo.



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