The cost of a parking ticket will rise $10 dollars in SLO, but city officials say the city won’t see a dime. The City Council grudgingly approved the fine increase at the May 5 council meeting, saying if they didn’t do it, they would be on the hook to pay back the state-imposed fee.
Despite the action, Parking Manager Robert Horch said he wants to give the public plenty of notice of the new fee. He estimated the charge won’t be tacked onto SLO tickets until June 1 at the earliest.
“I wish we didn’t have to do this,” Horch said. “Especially since we’re not going to see a dime of this; it’s just a pass-through surcharge that goes to the state.”
Although the charge was passed in the Legislature more than a year ago as part of three bills related to court construction and operation, the fee took many cities, including San Luis Obispo, by surprise when it took effect statewide in January.
Horch said lawmakers justified adding to the ticket prices because some tickets are appealed through the court system. How many? In calendar year 2008, he said, of 27,600 paid parking citations in the city of SLO, just three ended up being appealed in court.
The city waited for clarification on the issue from the state before approving the fees, which means the city is on the hook to pay $10 for any tickets issued before the new fee takes effect in SLO.