Parking fines in Laguna are going up by $3 to offset the state's new fee on the citations starting Dec. 7.
This is the second time in two years that the city has increased its parking fines to cover state fee hikes, which will raise the state's take to $12.50 per citation. The changes to the local fine structure will still put Laguna below the average of affected cities selected by the city staff for comparison and the county and well below some of the cities.
"We try to be reasonable," City Manager Ken Frank said.
Fines almost across the board will be raised from $40 to $43 to compensate for the state increase that would have cost the city an annual $85,000 loss in revenue, absent the $3 tacked on the city fines by the council at the Nov. 16 meeting. San Clemente, which matched Laguna's pre-hike $40 fines for parking at an expired meter or by a red curb, has confirmed it will raise its fine by $3.