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LA County Raises Parking Ticket Fees

Parking fines in unincorporated county areas will be going up as much as $25 in some instances, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday.

Citing higher penalties in other areas and a lack of price increase since 1996, Sheriff Lee Baca asked in a letter to the board for increases in fines, increased charges for late payments and a $5 “assessment” to offset parking revenues claimed by the state.

Fines will increase from $5 to $25, depending on the violation, according to county officials.

All tickets will include a $5 surcharge. In January, the Legislature passed a bill, requiring all cities and counties to pay $4.50 of every parking fine to the State Court Facilities Construction Fund. The county surcharge is meant to offset this payment to avoid a loss of revenue. The charge is $5 rather than $4.50, because the Department of Motor Vehicles will only process even dollar payments, according to county officials.

The board voted 5-0 in favor of the price hikes. It was unclear when the new rates would take effect.