ATLANTA -- The Atlanta City Council voted Monday to authorize PARKatlanta to charge more for parking tickets.
Right now, tickets are $25, but Monday's vote will cause them to jump to $35 -- a price that will double if the ticket is not paid within 14 days. After 45 days, unpaid tickets will cost $95.
The fine hike would help the city of Atlanta recover lost revenue after a 2011 court ruling allowed the parking enforcement company to pay the city only $1.5 million per year -- down from the original $5.5 million a year in 2009 -- due to the city ordering PARKatlanta to cut back enforcement.
At the council meeting on Monday, prior to the vote, no one rose to the defense of PARKatlanta.