GENESEO – The total number of parking tickets issued on and around Main Street increased by more than 1,200 tickets in 2015, resulting in a more than $2,600 increase in parking enforcement revenue for the Village’s general fund.
According to the Geneseo Police Department’s Annual Report for 2015, 4,673 parking tickets were issued during 2015, which is 1,263 more tickets than the total for 2014.
“The whole purpose of parking enforcement is not to create revenue but to keep parking spaces available for Main Street’s merchants,” said Geneseo Mayor Richard Hatheway. “Parking ticket revenue will not solve the Village’s fiscal problems.”
The uptick is partially due to the hire of part-time civilian parking enforcer, who began writing far more tickets than uniformed police officers. In the 5 months since her hire in August 2015, she issued 2,952 metered violations tickets, more than double the 1,102 total tickets issued by plainclothes parking enforcement in 2014.
On the other hand, uniformed Geneseo Police Officers issued 1,721 tickets in 2015, down by more than 580 from the 2,308 tickets issued by police in 2014.
The total revenue from meters and parking fines was $68,359.42 for 2015, a $2,665.73 increase from $65,693.69 in 2014. Hatheway said that this revenue goes into the Village’s general fund.
“What might be thought of as a significant increase from last year’s revenue is actually an increase of about 5 percent, just looking at this quickly,” said Hatheway.
Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian said that parking enforcement continues to be a major part of any police officer’s job in the village.
Merchants were clearly divided at a November public meeting with the Village on the amount of time that people should be allowed to park on Main Street, but agreed that there should be better signage designating where drivers can park and for how long.