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Ypsilanti Offering Parking Ticket Amnesty Program

Nov 18, 2020

Ypsilanti’s City Council has approved an amnesty program for late fines on parking tickets issued on or before December 31st of 2018.  


Currently, there are over 10,000 unpaid parking tickets in the City of Ypsilanti.  Bonnie Wessler is the project manager for the Department of Public Services and says the city was hoping to generate about $220,000 this year through ticket revenue, but, due to COVID-19, the city stopped issuing tickets in March and has only collected $50,000 so far. 


Bonnie Wessler: We figure if about half of the people end up taking us up on our offer.  We could make up this year’s lost revenue and potentially even overshoot our budget in amounts of, we think, best case, we’ll probably get around $300,000.


Revenue from parking tickets helps the city pay for projects, such as street light installations and parking lot repairs.  The amnesty program runs through January 31st of 2021.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu