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City sets final hearing on parking fine increases

Deerfield Beach could soon become a little less forgiving of traffic infractions.

The City Commission is considering an ordinance that would increase the penalties for parking violations and generate added revenue as much as $152,000.

As Finance Director Hugh Dunkley pointed out, the city currently charges less for infractions than most of the other cities in Broward County.

At the City Commission’s request, Dunkley surveyed surrounding cities and found that they charged between $17 and $40 for a parking violation, and charged more for a late payment than Deerfield.

“The city’s current fine of $25 appears to be on the low end of this spectrum ... ,” he said.

The city ia proposing two scenarios: 1.) increase to $40 for a parking violation; with an increase to $25 of the additional fees for payment after 15 days instead of 10 days. 2.) increase to $50 and keep the amount at $15 for fines not paid within 15 days.

The former would generate $91,200 in revenue for the city while the latter would generate $152,000.

A public hearing and final vote is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in the City Commission chambers, 150 NE Second Ave.

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