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Proposal would raise parking citation fees in Atlanta

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is asking the City Council to approve a plan that would raise the price parking citations. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is asking the City Council to approve a plan that would raise the price parking citations.
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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is asking the City Council to approve a plan that would raise the price parking citations.

The city is facing a shortfall of funds after changing the terms of its contract with Park Atlanta, an outside company that is in charge of enforcing parking in the city. The original contract called for ParkAtlanta to pay the city $5.5 million. However, a settlement reached in arbitration says the company will pay $1.5 million annually.

The new plan would increase tickets from $25 to $35. After 14 days, the fine increases to $70. If the ticket remains unpaid after 45 days, it would rise to $95.

The increased fees plan replaces another proposal that would have imposed 24 hour parking enforcement in some parts of the city.

That plan changed after protests from some business owners.

"We felt that was a better solution, in as much as citizens could avoid having a fine, but if it's 24 hour enforcement, citizens can't avoid 24 hour enforcement," said bar owner Michael Benoit.

The Council tentatively accepted the fee changes proposed by the mayor on Wednesday. A final vote will come later.

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