Councilman proposing to increase parking ticket fee from $11 to $25

Posted at 5:30 PM, Oct 01, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — An increase to parking ticket fines could happen if Metro Council advances a new bill.

Council member Colby Sledge proposed a bill to increase fines from $11 to $25.

"This is one way to find more funds but it's no budget saver. I mean it probably gets us about a million dollars more now. The good thing is we can work to put some of that money towards more enforcement. More people out in the streets making sure people aren't running over meters or parking somewhere all day. But the money is not the big part of it. The big piece of it is just making our parking more efficient," Sledge said.

Sledge admits it's way cheaper to park on the street all day long and even if you get a ticket, you're barely paying anything.

"I'm sure people might still take advantage of it if it's $25 dollars but the good thing about this is even if we had the same number of people trying to take advantage of it we're going to see increase revenues as a result and we can put those revenues towards better enforcement," he said.

The bill was introduced to the Metro Council Tuesday night. It will have two more readings.