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Small fortune in unpaid tickets

Delinquent motorists in Kelowna owe the city more than $400,000 in unpaid parking tickets.

$411,000 to be exact.

And that number will only continue to rise.

According to figures provided to Castanet.net, unpaid parking tickets in 2013 total $255,000.

You can add another $156,000 for overdue 2014 tickets up to the end of April.

City revenue manager Lynn Walter says those figures are based on tickets that have maxed out, meaning the motorist owes the full amount of the ticket, plus an additional late fee penalty.

If remunerated to the city, $411,000 would translate to a tax reduction to the city taxpayers of about 0.4 per cent.

Walter says there is a strict process the city follows when it comes to parking tickets.

This includes:

  • Day zero to day 15 - Discount offered if ticket paid
  • After day 15 - full amount due
  • Day 18 - system letter generated notifying ticket payment is due
  • Day 29 - Late penalty imposed
  • Day 34 - Final notice generated
  • Day 65 - Ticket file sent to collections

Walter says motorists with 10 unpaid bylaw notices or a ticket value greater than $300 are placed on the tow list.

There are 289 people currently on the tow list.

Expired meter tickets start at $10 (discount) go to $30 then $35.

Other parking offence tickets start at $25 (discount) go to $30 then $35.

Prior to 2011, the city was forced to take people to provincial court in order to collect a large amount of outstanding tickets or resolve disputes.

Under a new system instituted in 2011,  bylaw tickets, including parking tickets, are legally binding.

So, just what can you get for the money the city is owed?

A 2,300 sq ft, five bedroom home in Kelowna ($399,000), a 2,200 sq ft, 3 bedroom home on a golf course in Scottsdale AZ ($400,000), a Lamborghini Aventador ($387,000) or if you're really extravagant, treat yourself and 45 friends to tickets for next year's Super Bowl ($393,000 - travel and accommodations not included).

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