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Glenwood Springs parking fines increasing to $20 in July

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Parking fines for people who break the two-hour parking limit in downtown Glenwood Springs will double in July.

The fines, which are currently $10, will increase to $20.

According to Police Chief Terry Wilson, the increased fines were mainly triggered by a routine need to order new tickets. And a quick check of neighboring communities’ fines revealed that Glenwood charged much less than other area cities.

“At a quick glance we were a little behind on the parking fines,” Wilson said.

Comparisons to other towns for timed parking fines, Glenwood came in less than half in most cases. According to a report presented to City Council, Rifle charges the same current $10 fine, whereas Carbondale charges $19.50, Vail charges $38, and Aspen charges $50 for parking fines.

However, changing the fine turned out to be more of an obstacle than first anticipated.

In a letter to City Council, Wilson said that through the process of making changes to the parking violation fines, it was discovered that the fine schedule is actually within a table contained within the Municipal Code, requiring a change in city ordinance in order to update the fees. That discovery also led Wilson to request that City Council approve to change the code, making changes to fines and fees much less of an ordeal.

Council adopted the new city code allowing the fines and fees to be adjusted by resolution rather than ordinance at its Thursday meeting.

“It’s not so much about that we raised rates, but made it simpler to adjust those on an ongoing basis as need be,” said councilman Russ Arensman. “This allows us to have a simpler process and update the fees and fines as a resolution, which is a lot less cumbersome than an ordinance.”

Along with adjusting the parking fees, the police department also updated its entire fines and fees schedule with some fines increasing and some decreasing. Revenue generated by parking tickets goes directly to the city and has no impact on the police department’s budget, Wilson said, and the idea of increasing the parking fines is to try to deter people from abusing the parking rules.

“I don’t care about the dollars and the cents,” Wilson said. “The intent is to keep the spaces in rotation like they are supposed to be.”

Wilson added that increasing the parking fees would likely deter people from parking in restricted zones for longer than allowed time, ultimately leading to less tickets issued.

In 2008, 3,234 parking tickets were issued citywide, according to Wilson. 2007 had 4,747. This year, through April, police have written 1,725 parking tickets.

jgardner@postindependent.com


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