The Myrtle Beach City Council is planning to discuss an ordinance Tuesday that will extend the amount of time that those who receive non-parking meter violations are allowed to pay their fines.
The new ordinance would give violators 30 days from the date of issue to pay a parking citation before being charged a late fee. City spokesman Mark Kruea said this is in an attempt to bring city code in line with state law.
The new ordinance gives violators 30 days from the date of issue to pay a parking citation before being charged a $10 late fee. Previously violators only had three days to pay the citation. If the citation still is not paid after 45 days, a second late fee of $15 will be added to the fine.
If the fines are not paid after 60 days the city can take further action, such as issuing a warrant for parking violations or the vehicle may be impounded.
According to the proposed ordinance, the expected revenue from non-meter parking tickets will decrease with the new law. In the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the revenue from non-meter violations was $32,361, according to the ordinance.
“This state statute does not serve us well, but we have no choice but to conform,” city manager Tom Leath said in the ordinance.
In September, City Council passed a similar ordinance, extending the amount of time given to those who receive parking meter violations to pay their fines. Kruea said that ordinance also brought city code in line with changes to state law.