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Jan 23, 2014 6:51 PM by Rick Spruill

More Than 28,000 Parking Tickets Still Unpaid

CORPUS CHRISTI -I told you the other night about a handful parking tickets I had from back in 2011.

I found out today there are still a staggering number out there, just like mine.

I paid six parking tickets that were three years old on Tuesday but wondered whether the city would have done anything if I'd just decided to skip them.

The city switched systems a couple of years ago and in so doing, pushed a lot of tickets into a technological void.

And how many is a lot?

A court official told us today there are 28,000 parking tickets, issued between 1999 and 2012, that are still unpaid.

It's a giant number that even surprised Municipal Court Director Kimberly Jozwiak.

"It's a lot - it's a lot of money - it's a lot of money that could be used in our budget," she said.

28,000 tickets, at $30 each, comes up to $840,000 in unpaid fines.

To put it in perspective, $840,000 will buy more than 200 parking meters.

Of, if you've been paying attention to city hall's solution to our road problems, it'll pay a year's worth of street maintenance fees for more than 13,000 city utilities customers.

So maybe if you're like me and had some tickets that you just forgot you had or knew you had them and decided not to pay them, Jozwiak said it doesn't matter how long it's been.

The city still knows you're out there and they're still going to look for you.

Jozwiak came on board back in late 2012 as part of the city's push to improve the municipal court's way of doing business.

"I'm not sure what they did before I got here, but now I am here and I'm ready to take care of some things that have been left, outstanding."

And while not paying parking tickets won't land you in jail,it could end with a wheel boot, on your car.

And that, can happen anywhere.

"You can be in the Wal-Mart parking lot, you can be at work, you can be at church," Jozwiak told KRIS-6. "Where you're found, that's where you're booted."

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