The Las Vegas City Council has announced a plan for people to pay off their parking tickets while helping local kids.
The council voted unanimously to give people the option to pay parking fines issued between June 19 and July 19 by donating school supplies to the Teachers Exchange.
Items the city is willing to accept in lieu of fines include:
- Dry erase markers
- Index cards
- Paper towels/Disinfecting wipes
- Card stock
- Copy paper
- Storage bins
- Pencil sharpeners
- Post-it notes
The supplies must be equal or greater in value to the amount of the fine, and only citations that were no threat to public safety are eligible.
Donations should be brought to the Parking Services Offices at 500 S. Main St in Las Vegas within 30 days of the infraction and a receipt is required.
In July of 2016, the Las Vegas City Council authorized a program that established this occasional program allowing charitable donations in lieu of payment for parking fines.
The city tweeted about the program.
— City of Las Vegas (@CityOfLasVegas) June 22, 2019
David Riggleman, Communications Director for the City told Yahoo Lifestyle that donations usually total between $1,000 and 2,000 when they run such programs.
“It is a way to encourage building community and to help non-profit associations in need. We also believe it makes paying parking fines more palatable if the donation is going to a good cause,” he says.