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fee.org: It's Time for Cities to Stop Using Cops as Revenue Collectors

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In 2015, New York City took in almost one billion dollars from fines, with fines and fees funding 37 percent of the city’s budget for that year.

Parking violations were the biggest earner in categories of fines with $565 million collected.

The people who write and issue these citations work for the New York City Police Department and wear police uniforms.

Getting a traffic or parking ticket can ruin anyone’s day, but it’s worse when you receive a citation for a violation that isn’t even illegal anymore.

New York City officials deny that there is a quota system, but at the same time, they projected revenue of $5.86 million from parking fines in 2017.

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