New parking fines are double trouble


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What's going on at village hall? Are they deliberately trying to alienate us taxpayers?

First is the idiotic $20 late fee on parking tickets. Now we get double fee or $45 penalty if we are one day late paying the vehicle tax.

These policies send the wrong message. They say the Village of Oak Park only cares about your money and you will be severely punished if you are late on a payment. The penalties themselves are all out of proportion to those charged by most other governments and certainly any businesses that depend upon customer good will.

So, village officials, now that you have stirred up a hornet's nest, how are you going to approach us when you need our support for your regulations and proposals?

The old system of gradual pressure worked just fine even if it was slower. Repeal this nonsense and restore the old graduated system on the vehicle tax and parking penalties.

Charles Chauncey Wells
Oak Park

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