Parking tickets in Naperville may be going up, so you might want to think twice before staying too long in downtown lots or city streets.
The city council recently conducted a first reading to change an ordinance that would nearly double the fines.
Right now a general citation costs $15 if it’s paid in the first 15 days. After that, the price is $30. Under the new proposal, the fee would raise to $25 initially and to $50 after the first 15 days.
“If it’s true that people are just paying the $15 ticket because it’s cheaper than parking in the city, then I think there’s a good case to be made to raise them to make it more punitive,” said Councilman Steve Chirico. “But if we really don’t have people who are abusing this system, then maybe we don’t have to.”
“I do think $15 if you pay it early it’s no harm no foul,” said Councilman Grant Wehrli. “But you move it $50 and $25, yeah, it’s not that painful at $25 but it’s enough to make you not be a scofflaw.”
Rates haven’t raised since 1999 and the Naperville Police Department requested the hike to bring Naperville to the same level as surrounding communities, and provide a greater incentive for motorists to obey the laws.
Council will revisit the parking ticket discussion at their December 6th meeting after gathering public input.
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