LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The Parking Authority of River City or PARC has $8.9 million in unpaid parking tickets built up over the last five years.
Tiffany Smith is PARC's director and said the lack of payment is frustrating.
"You're hoping that in a compassionate city, that people are doing the right thing," Smith said.
Approximately $8 million of the nearly $9 million total comes from cars with Kentucky or Indiana license plates.
The money doesn't benefit PARC, it would go toward the city's general fund for other municipal projects.
"That is a significant amount of money that we'd like to see funneled back into the system and benefit the citizens of Louisville," Smith said.
Smith said their collection agency is trying.
"They don't collect. They don't get paid," Smith said. "We don't have a lot of other methodology."
One option is pursuing prosecution.
"That's kind of sad that we would have to go that route where we're taking tax payers money to go after violators," Smith said.
Right now, to get a boot on a car requires three tickets and the two letters requesting payment on each ticket. Smith said they have considered lowering that number in past and may look at it again.
The loss of city money isn't just frustrating for Smith.