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Alder Michael J. Tierney

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Alder Michael J. Tierney

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Home Address:

4534 Secret Garden Dr
McFarland , WI 53558

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Tierney’s Updates

Legislation Update

April 3, 2019 11:37 PM

While many people can pay a parking ticket without batting an eye, there are people in Madison who simply do not have budgets that allow for them to easily and/or quickly cover the unexpected expense of a parking ticket.

Under current ordinance people have an initial 10-day grace period to pay the ticket.  Assuming it is not being appealed, not paying the ticket within 10 days results in a charge of $10 being added to the total owed.  Not paying within 21 days adds another $10 to the total.  Continuing to fail to pay can result in an additional $10 charge and ultimately additional collection efforts.

The current grace period does not recognize the reality of people living paycheck-to-paycheck whose next paycheck may not arrive before the grace period expires.  Applying administrative charges to persons who simply choose to not pay tickets is one thing, but I want to make sure that we are not unfairly penalizing people simply because they have limited financial means and tight budgets.

I am introducing a proposal to increase the initial grace period for the payment of tickets from 10 days to 14 days.  In turn, this proposal increases the grace period before imposition of the subsequent charge from 21 days to 25 days. It is my hope that by extending the grace period by just a few days we can provide people with limited financial means the ability to pay their ticket without incurring additional charges.

Milwaukee recently changed their ordinance in a similar manner and other major midwestern cities have grace periods that are longer.  I believe our city ought to join other cities and extend our grace period as well.

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