Change in Portland parking rules irks some

Posted May 31, 2011, at 2:02 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A decision by officials in Portland to end a program that forgave some parking tickets is helping fill its coffers, but some feel the decision comes at the cost of public good will.

Until last year, the city forgave overdue parking tickets after six months as long as the car wasn’t ticketed again.

But last year the city ruled it needed the extra money. It stands to collect $500,000 more in parking fines this year.

Janis Beitzer, the executive director of Portland’s Downtown District, tells the Portland Press Herald it’s hard to quantify how much good will the city is losing by requiring visitors and others to pay their parking fines.

 

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