Jan 15, 2013 1:00 PM by Lindsey Gordon (lindsey@kxlh.com)

Helena City Commission approves increase in parking fines

After Monday's City Commission meeting, you will see rates increase if you get a parking ticket in the City of Helena.

The Helena Parking Commission is self-sustaining and is experiencing a financial shortfall.

The Parking Commission has not increased parking fines since about 1993.

Although increasing rates will generate more revenue, their intention is to discourage parking violations.

"It's not that we want to give more tickets, we want to give less. But what we'd love to get the public to do is move quicker off the areas that are signed whether one hour or two hour," said Dave Hewitt, the director of the Helena Parking Commission.

Hewitt says that he believes the current rates don't do enough to discourage parking violations and that would previous rates, it may actually be less expensive to pay the fines in some spots than paying a monthly parking rate.

For those 1-hour and 2-hour parking spots, fines will increase from $20 to $25 and you'll pay $10 instead of $5 for violations in metered spots.


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