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Ligonier raises parking fines

| Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

While Ligonier residents won't face a tax increase in 2013, parking violators will see an increase in fines.

Council members approved the final $1.1 million budget Thursday night, as well as an amendment to the vehicles and traffic ordinance, which updated the code to meet state standards and raised several fines.

The borough will use up its remaining 500 tickets before issuing new ones that list the new fines.

Secretary-treasurer Paul Fry said he expects new tickets to go out around Jan. 2.

At that time, motorists who park in a spot with an expired meter will be fined $7 instead of $5. Fines for parking on the street between 3 and 7 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, parking on the wrong side of the road, or backing into spots designated as head-in parking only, have increased from $10 to $15. Those who do not pay parking tickets within 48 hours will be charged $10, an increase from $5.

The higher fines is expected to bring in an additional $16,000 in revenue. Coupled with a significant savings in employee health insurance, that staved off a tax increase for another year, officials said.

“I'd like to thank the finance committee for their work on the budget,” Fry said. “We were very lucky this year there was no tax increase.”

Last year, taxes were raised 1 mill to 23.5 mills. One mill brings in about $17,000 for the borough.

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