The Creston Police Department is reporting 29 of more than 300 unpaid parking tickets in Union County have now been paid as of Thursday.
The unpaid parking tickets account for more than $7,500 in uncollected fees. The 29 paid tickets total about $870 — about 11 percent of the total owed.
On Nov. 5, Police Chief Paul Ver Meer went before Creston City Council about the unpaid parking tickets. He said the ticket holders would have 10 days to pay at the law enforcement center after the Nov. 8 edition of the Creston News Advertiser put the names in the paper.
“This is not to embarrass anyone, it is to collect a large amount of unpaid parking tickets,” Ver Meer said on Nov. 7. “For a city of Creston’s size, it is a considerable sum.”
Tickets that are not paid by the Monday deadline will be turned over to the Union County Treasurer. The fine will be assessed to future vehicle license fees and the total amount must be paid before a driver’s license or tags for license plates will be issued.
Parking tickets are $25 when they are written. If the ticket is not paid within 30 days, there is a $5 penalty added.