Johnson City leaders move forward with parking enforcement ordinance

A new warning to folks with multiple unpaid parking tickets in Johnson City, the city commission is making moves to crack down on repeat offenders.

The city commission passed the first reading of an ordinance that would allow parking enforcers to put a boot on the tires of people with more than three delinquent parking tickets, if their car is spotted in a public parking spot.

Police Chief Mark Sirois said over the past four years, more than 2,200 parking tickets have gone unpaid in the city of Johnson City.

Sirois said he hopes this will be enough of an incentive to get people to pay their debts.

“It’s really in that individual’s best interest to go ahead and take care of those fines and fees on the front end or they will continue to be subject to booting and towing as time goes on,” he said.

Members of the commission said they would like to see the ordinance include a mandate that drivers pay their tickets in order to have the boot removed.

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