SOLANA BEACH — A parking ticket in Solana Beach will soon cost $3 more, but the money will go to state rather than city coffers.
The state-mandated fee, part of the recently passed budget, will go to the Trial Court Trust Fund.
Solana Beach raised parking fines twice last year because of similar circumstances.
In March 2009, council raised parking fines by $3. Five months later citations went up another $1.50, for a combined increase of $4.50.
The city adopted both increases to recover the amount it is required to remit to the county for state-mandated fees that are being used to rebuild, restore and seismically retrofit many of California’s deteriorating and unsafe courthouses.
Without the increases, Solana Beach would be losing money for every parking ticket that is issued.
“This is for passing through a fee increase,” Mayor Lesa Heebner said. “We’re not going to be keeping any of it.”
Once the new fees go into effect, fines will range from $32.50 for license plate violations to $347.50 for parking illegally in or near disabled stalls and ramps.