The City of Alton has approved a hike in the cost of a parking ticket as part of an overall package that brings the ticket process back to the city. A company out of Milwaukee has held the contract to process the tickets for the past nine years, but the city council voted Wednesday to allow the city to once again process the tickets and collect the fines starting April 1.

The new ordinance will once again allow the city to not only issue the ticket through its parking enforcement officer, but also collect the fines through the Treasurer's Office. The cost of the ticket will also be adjusted. Overtime parking will jump from $5 to $20, and illegal parking will increase from $10 to $20. Both will remain at those new levels if the fine is paid within 30 days, and then the fine will increase to $50 in both categories if paid after 30 days. The ordinance also eliminates the so-called parking "boot" from being placed on illegally parked cars.

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