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Madison collected $5.2 million in parking ticket revenue in 2017, which went into the city's general fund to pay for public safety, public works, city debt payments, administrative and other costs.

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Q: What does the parking ticket revenue in Madison get spent on?

A: If you’ve ever paid $25 for an expired meter citation or $60 for a snow emergency parking ticket, that money has gone to the city’s general fund.

The general fund is primarily how Madison pays for city services, which include public safety, public works, city debt payments and administrative costs, among others, said David Schmiedicke, city finance director.

Nearly $5.2 million in parking ticket revenue was deposited to the fund in 2017, he said.

Since 2012, Madison has made an average of about $5.26 million a year by collecting parking ticket fees, according to Madison Police Department annual reports.

The most common parking tickets are for expired meters, parking on private property and parking in a time-restricted parking area beyond the time limit, said Madison police traffic and parking enforcement Capt. Richard Bach.

Not including additional fines for being towed, fines can range from $15 for illegally parking a bicycle or having a vehicle with leaking fluids or no gas gap, to $150 for parking in a handicapped space without authorization.

For more information, to pay a fine or contest a ticket, go to cityofmadison.com/police/traffic/parking.

—Chris Aadland

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Chris Aadland is a reporting intern for the Wisconsin State Journal.