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City parking fines take bigger bite out of wallets

by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: L.E. BASKOW - Fines for overtime parking in Portland, and seven other offenses, are going up in early February.Portland parking tickets are about to get a lot more expensive.

Beginning Feb. 7, tickets for overtime parking (or not displaying a meter receipt) jumps $15, from $45 to $60. A ticket for improperly displaying a meter receipt also is going up from $34 to $39.

State circuit court sets the new fines that increase for seven Portland parking violations. Portland Bureau of Transportation officials said the city and the court worked together on the changes so parking violation fines were in line with other cities of similar size.

The new fines include increases for no front or rear license plate (increasing to $80), no area parking permit (increasing to $80), improper use of a carpool lane (increasing to $90), improperly parking in a truck loading zone (increasing to $90) and overtime parking in a truck loading zone (increasing to $90).

The new fines are effective in early February, except the truck loading zone overtime fine, which goes into effective July 1.