Lexington Parking Authority Admits Years Of Incorrect Parking Fine Collections

The Lexington Parking Authority on Tuesday blamed a clerical error for late fees being inadvertently assessed on one type of parking violation from July 2008 through mid-April 2012.

There is supposed to be a late fee for people who don’t pay the fine within 30-days. 

The Parking Authority said it accidentally assessed that late fee after just 14-days.

Citizens who may have been affected by this mistake between July 31, 2008 and April 5, 2012, are asked to contact LEXPARK at 122 North Broadway, or by phone at 859-231-7275 or online at www.lexpark.com

Victims of the mistake will receive refunds and a $3.00 parking voucher that may be used at any LEXPARK Garage.

Below is the official announcement in its entirety from the Lexington Parking Authority:

James Frazier, Chair of the Lexington Parking Authority Board announced today that its Board recently learned that from late July, 2008 through mid April, 2012 a clerical error resulted in late fees being inadvertently assessed on one type of parking violation.

The error occurred during the Parking Authority’s 2008 transition from citations being written on paper tickets to citations being written through electronic handheld devices.

The new software incorrectly accelerated the posting of a $15 late fee on one violation after fourteen days of nonpayment of the fine rather than after thirty days of nonpayment.

According to Mr. Frazier, “The error was recently brought to the Board’s attention by Gary Means, Executive Director of the Parking Authority, following a review of its internal procedures.”

While the actual classification error was electronically corrected in 2012, the late fee posting errors from 2008 to 2012 were not addressed due to the staff’s interpretation of the enabling ordinance as it related to this one type of citation.

 However, it is the Board’s belief that the ordinance requires the late fee to be assessed only after thirty days of nonpayment.

Mr. Frazier, speaking on behalf of all the Board Directors further stated: “While only one type of violation out of thirty five potential parking violations was impacted during the transition and while to date no citizen has come forward to complain about the $15 error this Board insists that all citizens using public parking spaces be treated fairly. This Board has worked hard to upgrade Lexington’s downtown garages and parking spaces to better serve our community and its citizens and the public has always been overwhelmingly supportive of our efforts. So clearly the right thing to do is to refund the money that was prematurely collected.”

The Parking Authority hopes to accomplish this through a public service campaign, that will attempt to locate any citizens who received a parking citation coded 1G – Expired Meter from July 31, 2008 through April 5, 2012. Those individuals will receive refunds and a $3.00 parking voucher that may be used at any LEXPARK Garage.

Citizens who may have been affected by this clerical error between July 31, 2008 and April 5, 2012 are asked to contact LEXPARK at 122 North Broadway, or by phone at 859-231-7275 or online at www.lexpark.com for more information.

 

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