Parking ticket revenue goes up in Richmond

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - You might not like to get them, but parking tickets are generating some big money in the city of Richmond. Revenue from violators went up 30 percent last year.

A boot may be the extreme but a ticket certainly isn't these days. Last year the city wrote more than 128,000.

A little yellow slip of paper can get a big reaction in downtown Richmond, just ask Shandi Davis-Taylor. "I was really, really hot. That $40 is getting on my nerves. You hear me? They need to stop it."

But thanks to a boost in budget, parking enforcement stepped it up in 2010. Writing more tickets than in 2009 and generating $4.3 million, $1 million more than the previous year.

"We were able to generate more money simply by having more resources," said Sharon North with Public Works. She says parking enforcement's budget went up which lead to more hires. More people walking 23 parking beats, looking for violators.

"You never know who you're going to run into when you're out there. people get angry. no one likes to get a parking ticket, but it's a necessary evil," she said.

The extra $1 million collected last year goes right back into the city's general fund.

The mayor will present his "wish list" for the extra money [and the city's entire budget] to the City Council later this month.

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