LAWRENCE — Lawrence is considering allowing people to pay parking tickets with canned goods or monetary donations to food pantries.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that city commissioners are considering the issue Tuesday.
Currently, the fines cost $3. The city had projected bringing in $545,202 to the parking fund from overtime parking violations in 2016. Staff projects that the city would receive $30,000 less annually in parking fines, assuming about 6 percent of parking violators participated in the alternative payment option.
The money pays for three police officers and several other staff members.
Options the council will consider include a pilot program. Alternatively, the program could be offered year-round with fines staying the same or increasing to $5 to offset the revenue loss.