Parking Violations Bureau Gets Green Light

Youngstown City Council gave their municipal court the go-ahead to set up its own Parking Violations Bureau on Wednesday night.

Youngstown Clerk of Courts Sarah Brown Clark proposed the idea last week at the Youngstown City Council Safety Committee.

Council amended ordinances to give the court enforcement powers, so the bureau can now pursue people who refuse to pay outstanding parking tickets. The city can now tow or boot cars, as well as, take civil action against offenders.

Clark said the city is owed at least $100,000 in fines. One person alone has racked up $6,800 in parking tickets.

Brown Clark said no additional staff would be needed for the bureau and she would like it to be established in early May.  Under the proposal, the fee will be $10 and violators would have 30 days to pay it, but it will increase to $30 after that.

The court will host an amnesty program April 29th through May 4th, so people can come to city hall and pay off their original fines.

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