As of right now, if you are caught with an expired meter or park in a “no-parking” area in the city of Detroit, you’ll most likely be hit with a $45 parking ticket from the city. But City Council President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield has plans to submit an amendment that would drop the price of those hefty tickets.
According to The Detroit Free Press, Sheffields amendment intends to bring the standard ticket price down to $30 in addition to offering those that pay within 10 days a 50% discount reducing the fine even more to just $15.
Currently if you are late on a parking ticket by 30 days you would pay a fee of $65 and if you are 90 days late, you pay a fee of $95, but Sheffield has plans to drop both of those fees to just $50 and $80 respectively.
Unfortunately it won’t be an easy battle for Sheffield as Mayor Mike Duggan contests that the revenue accumulated from these tickets are integral to the city’s budget.
Apparently prior to April the ticket violations in the city of Detroit hadn’t been raised since 2001 but an ordinance put in place in April raised them to their current prices.
With the city’s high poverty level some argue that the high ticket prices are unnecessary, hopefully Sheffield’s amendment makes it through to address these concerns. We’ll keep you updated in the meantime.