City should collect its $70,000

City should collect its $70,000 in tickets

This is the first time in my 65 years of living in various cities that I've written a letter to the editor.

I'm responding to the article in the March 5 Daily Tidings article about vehicle towing and booting. First it said, "City officials announced in late February that 92 people who collectively owe $70,000 for unpaid parking tickets and fines could face the 'booting' and towing of their vehicles ..."

Further into the article, it says, "The people who could have their vehicles booted and towed this month already have received seven notices — with two of those coming from a collection agency."

The mayor commented: "There is something about booting that is blunt and heavy-handed."

My feeling is: What is so heavy-handed about booting and towing these vehicles? These violators have received seven notices; two of these notices came from a collection agency. And if that isn't enough, they still get more chances because, as the article says, "They will receive two additional warning letters." How many warnings do these spoiled brats deserve?

It is so perfectly clear that these violators have been given every chance possible — nine chances in all — and have not taken care of their obligation. Perhaps they thought after the first four notices and nothing happened that the city doesn't have a backbone and won't enforce the fines. At this point, being so-called "heavy-handed" seems like the only thing that might get their attention.

I agree with Councilor David Chapman, who said in the article, "... booting and towing is a reasonable tool for city officials to use on people who otherwise may never pay their parking tickets and fines."

I am not alone thinking booting and towing is something that is right action. In the same article, City Administrator Martha Bennett said, "... officials already are getting complaints from some members of the community that the city is not doing enough to enforce parking rules."

And let's not forget about the $70,000 that is owed to the city from these violators. The city is always trying to figure out ways to drum up more money and now there is $70,000 waiting on a silver platter — do you want it or not?

Jim Hatfield

Ashland