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Fines to Increase for Some Borough Ordinance Violations

by on August 08, 2017 12:05 AM

State College Borough Council on Monday approved an increase in fines for several ordinance violations.

Borough staff in the past have reviewed and recommended adjustments for fines as part of the annual operating budget review and adoption, but this year asked to do so in advance.

Fines will increase as of Jan. 1, 2018 for violations of six borough ordinances. Among those is the fine for snow obstructions on sidewalks. Residents are required to clear snow from sidewalks within 24 hours of the end of snowfall. The fine will increase from $15 to $50 for a first offense and from $50 to $100 for subsequent violations.

Borough Manager Tom Fountaine said residents are given one warning per season for snow violations before a citation is issued.

The biggest single increase among the ordinances will be for illegally parking in a handicap space, which will rise from $50 to $150. 

The other violations to increase are parking in an intersection, obstructing traffic, parking at bus stop and parking on a sidewalk. Each will increase from $15 to $30.

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