On page 16 of the Dec. 5 Mountain Xpress in the News Briefs, we’ve been told: “Parking Fines to Go Up.” I have paid several parking fines over the years, but I noticed that I was to remit my payments to Bethesda, Md. Is there a reason I send my parking fine payment out of state?
I was wondering if the Mountain Xpress might look into and report on this policy a bit more and see if we could lower our parking fines if we took care of business here locally instead. Parking is becoming more and more a racket in Asheville.
— Michael Harney
Editor’s note: Xpress checked in with city spokeswoman Polly McDaniel, who responded that fines are no longer required to be sent out of state. “Payments for parking citations that are mailed come directly to the city of Asheville,” McDaniel wrote. Parking fines were scheduled to go up starting Feb. 1, and there’s no word that the change in mailing destinations will affect that increase.