Parking ticket revenues for the city took a dive last year — dropping roughly $500,000 to just under $2 million — as police are issuing fewer citations.
It’s a trend officials attribute to increased vigilance among drivers to dodge parking fines as they struggle in the rough economy.
Since 2008, annual parking ticket revenues had hovered around $2.5 million, according to statistics released by the Burbank Police Department.
The money goes into the city’s General Fund, which pays for most public services.
The number of parking tickets issued in Burbank has been declining steadily over the past five years. Parking control officers issued 50,918 parking tickets last year, a 24% drop from 66,952 issued in 2008.
“In the last couple years, [drivers have] started to be very careful where they park, what they do, because they don’t want to get a ticket,” said Parking Citation Supervisor Lyn DeBoever.
Motorists are especially watchful now, she said, because parking fines have gone up by $10 to $13, depending on the violation, over the past few years.