SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Santa Fe officials say the city is seeing a rise in revenue despite issuing fewer parking tickets.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Saturday that the city collected more than $436,000 in parking citations last year.
That figure is far above the $13,000 gathered in 2009. But officials say the number of parking tickets issued in 2013 is half of that in 2009.
The city says the improvement is partly due to hundreds of smart meters that have been installed, making it easier for motorists to pay for parking.
Officials say increased efforts to track down those who haven’t paid for tickets have led to more revenue.
Parking citations are $16. Illegally parking in a handicap spot is a $500 penalty. Both double if unpaid within 15 days.