COLUMBIA — Parking scofflaws take note: Starting March 1, the fines for parking meter violations are increasing.
The Columbia City Council decided Monday night to increase the minimum fines for parking meter violations on a 6-1 vote with Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser dissenting.
The ordinance changes the fine for a parking meter violation from $5 to $10 if paid within 15 days and from $15 to $25 if paid after that time.
These new fines are on par with meter violation fines in similar college towns such as Ames, Iowa, and Manhattan, Kan., according to data compiled by the city. The fines for meter violations in Austin, Texas, and Boulder, Colo., range from $20 to $25.
Columbia’s new fines are expected to contribute an additional $100,000 to this fiscal year’s revenue.