CBS47 Investigation: Fresno parking tickets, how much money do they bring in?

CBS47 Investigates

Parking tickets can be a real pain to your mood and your wallet.

“You just know you messed up, so you have to go pay that ticket,” said one parking violator.

But parking tickets mean something completely different to the city of Fresno, it’s money!

In the 2016 – 2017 fiscal year, more than $2-million was paid by violators.

The following year, in 2017 -2018 fiscal year,  it was $1.8 million.

The majority of tickets some 40 percent are because of expired meters, which carry a fine of $35.

Coming in a close second at 30 percent are tickets due to expired registration, which has a fine of $76.

But parking meter top brass say the city’s ‘FresGo’ app, which was launched in 2015, and allows residents to report abandoned or inoperative vehicles in their neighborhood has made a major difference.

City of Fresno Parking Division Manager, Thomas Gaffery IV says, “So far this year, we’ve responded to over 6,500 requests from the public.”

This has really freed up the city to better use its resources 

“Rather than just patrolling neighborhoods, we are able to go to area where residents are reporting and we could help them out,” says Gaffery.

CBS47 investigates and analysed the Fresno’s parking citation data, and we determined although the number of citations are sporatic throughout the week.

The hot spots for getting a ticket isn’t in the downtown area, but rather around Fresno City College, the VA Hospital and Fresno State.

Officials say people are parking in residential spots only.

So where does all the money go?

Gaffery says, “The bulk of the funds when a citation is paid, stays with the city and go into the general fund for providing services to the citizens.”

Bottom line if you park in an area that is monitored by the city, you better read the rules and keep an eye on the clock or be prepared to dish out some dough.

By the way, the city of Fresno will roll out the “park mobile” app very soon, which will allow you to pay for your meter right from your cellphone. 

It will even send you an alert 15 minutes before your time is up and allows you to extend the time from your cellphone.

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