Los Angeles spends more on traffic and parking enforcement than it generates tickets, the report said


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While parking fines brought net income to Los Angeles, the city spent $ 192 million more on enforcing parking and traffic controls than it generated fines from tickets over the past five years, it was reported Monday.

The city has grossed $ 617 million in parking tickets as of fiscal 2017, while spending more than $ 809 million on salaries, equipment, and other related expenses, according to that of Crosstown, a nonprofit news organization based at USC Annenberg School, compiled data for communication and journalism.

The past two fiscal years represent the largest shortfall, with nearly $ 121 million more being spent than was generated by citations, Crosstown reported.

In fiscal 2020/21, which ended June 30, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation spent $ 56.4 million more than it received from tickets. Last year it was missing $ 64.4 million.

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While the shortage began before the pandemic, the Crosstown report cited the suspension of parking regulations during the first eight months of the pandemic. More than 200,000 tickets were issued in January 2020. Three months later there were about 45,000.

The department also has staff shortages, as 22% of the positions for traffic monitoring are currently vacant.

Crosstown found that parking fines were a reliable source of income for Los Angeles through 2017, with typically more than $ 20 million each year coming from revenue the city spends on parks, youth programs, garbage disposal, and more.

Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s information director Colin Sweeney told Crosstown that the department’s costs have increased because it provides a record number of hours of service to a variety of city-wide projects.

“Over the past decade, while our citations revenue has remained steady, our parking patrol department has also provided a record number of traffic safety patrol hours for citywide projects including road repair and maintenance, the construction and expansion of metro transit systems. Projects and cleanup in homeless camps, “he said.

The full report from Crosstown can be read online.

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