Boston City Lawmaker Pushes For Income-Based Parking Fines

Holly Matkin

Boston City Councilor Julia Mejia said that low-income parking violators should have to pay less than everyone else.

Boston, MA – A Boston city councilor with a history of racking up parking tickets has proposed imposing parking fines based on violators’ incomes.

During a weekly meeting at City Hall on Wednesday, Boston City Councilor Julia Mejia said that paying fines associated with parking violations puts too large of a burden on low-income families, WBZ reported.

“What happens when you’re struggling to juggle all your finances?” Mejia asked. “Then you realize that you are deciding whether or not you are going to pay a parking ticket or put food on the table.”

Mejia, who racked up $159 in her own parking fines before she came into office, said that she is not trying to eradicate fines for low-income parking offenders altogether.

“I don’t think people should just get away from paying their fee,” she told WBZ. “I think we have to find ways to make it easier for people to pay that debt.”

Currently, Boston’s parking violators can expect to pay tickets ranging from $15 to $120, which can increase if they aren’t paid on time, WCVB reported.

“I felt that pinch,” Mejia said of her own parking fines, which she paid off after she was elected, according to The Boston Globe.

She said that she believes establishing a sliding-fee scale based off of incomes verified by offenders’ taxes could work.

“When you have a $40 ticket, that could be food off the table for two or three days for a family,” she reiterated.

In a series of Twitter polls, the city councilor asked social media users about their struggles with parking citations.

Approximately 62 percent of respondents said they had not been ticketed for a parking violation in the past two years.

Of those who had been cited, 36.4 percent said they paid a fine between one dollar and $50. Another 45.5 percent of respondents were fined between $51 and $100, and $18.2 percent said they were required to pay in excess of $200 in fines.

A whopping 84.2 percent said that their parking fines did not prevent them from being able to pay for childcare, food, rent, or other necessities.

According to a Twitter poll conducted by WBZ on Wednesday, 84 percent of citizens said they believe parking ticket fines should not be determined based off of income, and that they should be the same for everyone.

“If you park where you're not supposed to park, pay the price," one resident told WPVI.

The city council has not yet scheduled a public hearing to discuss Mejia’s proposal.

Comments (18)
spd522
spd522

Typical liberal BS idea.

No. 1-14
JBoH
JBoH

How about you triple parking fines for elected officials who, presumably, should know better than to park illegally? You know...the higher standard kinda thing.

2jazzyj
2jazzyj

''A whopping 84.2 percent said that their parking fines did not prevent them from being able to pay for childcare, food, rent, or other necessities.''

The people have spoken AND park legally!

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Because richer people are bad and need to subsidize poorer people in every aspect.

Richer people already pay the large majority of all the taxes which are responsible for funding and building all local, state, and federal programs and infrastructure.

This proposal seems to be inconsistent with equal opportunity for all, which seems to be a fundamental founding principal of our nation.

Stop Criminals
Stop Criminals

STOP BREAKING THE LAW, @$$🕳️s

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

I see, so low life’s that do not work and suck off of society can pay less for their disregard for society’s laws. Maybe we should pass a law that lets them pay with their EBT Cards! Or better yet if they are on welfare we could just dismiss the ticket, after all we should take pity on those less fortunate then us. And remember let everyone go with no bail too, no matter what the offense.
Better yet just do away with any law enforcement all together. That will just be so much easier on the “poor people”. And will be a wonderful reform of the Criminal Justice system!
“Stupid is as stupid does”.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

This makes it more difficult for policemen to collect revenue

Clay W
Clay W

Once again, a heavier fine proposed by a government official just because you're successful. Gee....I wonder who she's gonna vote for??? 🙄 "Feel The Burn"

LAW169
LAW169

Of all the tickets I issued, people got more upset over a parking ticket than a speeding NOI. But then again, a disabled parking ticket is $450 and maybe a hook. 🤯😡

“If you park where you're not supposed to park, pay the price...”

Gramercy
Gramercy

Give me a break! If you can afford the vehicle, you can afford to pay for your stupidity in illegal parking!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Clearly this stunned cow is a bleeding heart liberal.

Hi_estCommieDenom
Hi_estCommieDenom

How about people just follow the law and accept personal responsibility with consequences when they don't?

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Fail to understand why I have to pay more for not following the rules because I make more , I know they tried to explain it in article, just pandering plain and simple

lock'emup
lock'emup

This is so ignorant, how in the hell she became a city official?


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