From USA Today:
By Debbie Howlett, USA TODAY
CHICAGO ? Cities are jacking up parking fines and cracking down on unpaid tickets as a way to raise much-needed revenue.
The National League of Cities says 47% of the nation's cities raised fees and fines last year. Most of the added money came from parking tickets. Revenue from these fines and fees now rivals property taxes as a major source of municipal income, says the league's Chris Hoene.
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