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Fine Increases Considered

The fine for illegal parking in a handicap space may be about to jump in Asheville. City officials say they want to do that to discourage violators, not to cash-in on people breaking the law.    

Asheville City Council will consider raising the fines on a number of parking violations Tuesday, including parking in a handicapped space, parking in front of hydrants or in fire lanes. Right now, the city charges anywhere from $50 to $100 dollars for those violations. The maximum could be raised to as much as $250.

You'd think it's all about the budget and making money to improve the bottom-line. But officials say they're hoping some reverse psychology pays-off in other ways.  

Parking enforcement officers write about 850 handicap violations a year. That's $85,000. The change would bring the amount up to just over $212,000. Most of the reserved spaces in Asheville are on private property where the ordinance is tough to enforce. City officials say they hope the hike will help improve the situation. 

The rate hikes will be presented to city council Tuesday night and are expected to pass.

By Frank Kracher
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