- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Lawrence is considering allowing people to pay parking tickets with canned goods or monetary donations to food pantries.

The Lawrence Journal-World (https://bit.ly/1XV67SW ) 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.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com

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