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Recipients of parking citations will have fewer days to pay or appeal the ticket before late fees are assessed, if a city council committee decides to move the recommendations on the full city council.

On Wednesday, the Budget and Finance Committee will discuss shortening the amount of time that people have to pay their tickets by 9 days, from 30 days to 21 days after issuance. And for those receiving their tickets in the mail, they will have 14 days after the mailing date to pay.

The changes are recommendations from a May 2011 report from the City Auditor's Office. Among the issues in the report, in addition to the $2.9 million in unpaid tickets since 2007, are what the auditor called "lenient timelines."

"A more stringent timeline in conformity to State law requirements would likely reduce the volume of appeals," read the audit report. "As violators are not required to pay penalties immediately when they appeal, the lenient timelines result in delays of parking citation revenue receipt."

If council decides to approve the changes, the first late fee will be handed down 22 days after the citation is issues; the second late charge will occur 57 days after, and if the fine isn't paid after 71 days, the City will report it to the Delinquent Accounts Program and the DMV.

The Budget and Finance Committee meets January 25 at 9am.

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