Friday, December 6, 2019

Racine waiving parking ticket late fees for Food Bank donations this month

From The Journal

Racine Police Officer Jon LeGath, Police Chief Art Howell and Racine Mayor Cory Mason speak after a Friday morning City Hall press conference announcing the city's new Food for Forgiveness program. Residents who purchase a $5 donation bag from Malicki's Piggly Wiggly, 5201 Washington Ave., can show their receipt at the Racine Police Department's public service counter to have their parking ticket late fees waived through Dec. 31. The donations go to the Racine County Food Bank.

RACINE — City residents with outstanding parking tickets can have their late fees excused this month through the Food for Forgiveness initiative announced Friday morning.
Through Dec. 31, the Racine Police Department is partnering with the Racine County Food Bank and Malicki’s Piggly Wiggly to offer full late-fee forgiveness. Residents can buy a $5 food donation bag at Malicki’s, 5201 Washington Ave., get a receipt and bring it to the RPD’s public service counter at 730 Center St.; alternatively, they can make a direct $5 donation at the service counter.
The parking ticket will still need to be paid in its original full amount of $20. Late fees can be as high as $30, more than doubling the original fine, according to Police Chief Art Howell. Failure to pay a parking ticket “spirals into other challenges” that could include driver’s license, car registration and plates suspension, he said.
We thought it was a great opportunity to not only reach out to the community and show our concern, but to address a major issue, which is food security and hunger,” Howell said.
The donation bags at Malicki’s are filled with essential staple items, said store owner Ralph Malicki, who is also president of the Racine County Food Bank’s Board of Directors. Those “basic need items” include non-perishable foods such as beans or peanut butter, he said.
The need is great this time of the year,” Malicki said.

Racine Mayor Cory Mason announces the city's new Food for Forgiveness program Friday morning at City Hall. The program lets motorists purchase $5 Racine County Food Bank donation bags from Malicki's Piggly Wiggly, 5201 Washington Ave., and present the receipt to the Racine Police Department to have their parking ticket late fees waived.

Butterball Mason always has to get his pic in the paper.

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