(BLOOMINGTON) - Parking scofflaws in Bloomington have a new incentive to pay their tickets on time.
The city this year started sending tickets that have gone unpaid for 30 days to a collections agency in an effort to boost revenue and improve efficiency.
So far, the agency has brought in nearly $80,000. That's an increase of almost $26,000 from the first seven months of 2011.
City officials say the new system allows Capital Recovery Systems to pursue an unlimited number of unpaid tickets. The city was limited to filing 50 claims a week under the old system that required its legal department to pursue violators through court.
The city gets the amount of the fine. Capital Recovery Systems charges violators a fee of 30 percent of the ticket.
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