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City missing out on $2.6 million in outstanding parking tickets

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CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

What would you do with $2.6 million?

That's a question the Cincinnati city officials could answer for themselves if everyone paid their parking meter violations and tickets.

In 2014 alone, those outstanding tickets totaled $876,060.

"It's easy to park there and throw some quarters in versus the parking garage,” said Grace Waters of Cincinnati.

If you don't pay those few quarters, you may be looking at a $45 ticket. If you don't pay that ticket in a week, you're looking at a

$90 fine. From 2010 to 2014, enough people still haven't paid their outstanding tickets that the city is missing out on collecting $2,609,680.

"We can use these proceeds to hire police officers, to enforce housing code violations, clean our streets, fill potholes, all the rest,” said Cincinnati Vice Mayor David Mann.

Mann says some of these collected revenues could be useful in going to shortfall of streetcar fares when the system is up and running to make it as self-supporting as possible.

Over the last five years, the city has collected more than $6 million dollars in fines from tickets. But, for 2014, 25% of tickets still need collected, totaling $876,060. Even as far back as 2010, 15% of tickets are still outstanding and unpaid, totaling $353,500. 

A complete breakdown of all the numbers is below in the city's memo from city manager Harry Black to the city's Budget & Finance Committee.

"We're never going to collect everything. There are always going to be people who avoid us. But, we do need to enhance our enforcement activity,” Mann told FOX19 NOW.

A city spokesperson tells FOX19 NOW that 80% of tickets end up paid. Cars with Ohio tags, we're told, pay their tickets 85% of the time, and cars from out of state pay their tickets just 60% of the time.

"There's no reciprocity under state law with Kentucky and Indiana. So, our tools for recouping are less,” Mann said.

Mann says the city tows cars with three or more outstanding tickets.

“Maybe we ought to decrease that to two and beef up our enforcement,” he said.

Mann says the city has recently added more enforcement personnel.

"They should do their best to try to collect that money and give it back to the city. I pay my dues so I would hope that other people would too,” Waters told FOX19 NOW.

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