For those who want to appeal a parking ticket, you don’t have to go to La Crosse’s city hall to do so.
You can simply go on the city’s website here and do it all online. Something that’s been around awhile and that most people, apparently, already know.
“When we upgraded the software system back in February 2017, that was a piece of that process,” La Crosse parking utility coordinator said. “We still have a few people who come in and write them up physically, but 95 percent of them come in online.”
Flottymer estimates there are 5 to 10 appeals a day. Appeals are reviewed by a special committee.
As for how successful those appeals are, Flottmeyer claimed he didn’t know but he did say the city hears all kinds of excuses to get out of a parking ticket. So many, in fact, the city put this on the appeals website.
The following examples are NOT valid reasons to appeal a parking citation:
- You are not familiar with State Statutes or Municipal Ordinances.
- The curb was not painted or marked – City of La Crosse has no statutory requirement to paint or mark curbs.
- You didn’t see and/or read posted signs.
- You failed to remove and/or cancel license plates prior to selling a vehicle.
- You only meant to park for a short period of time (e.g. parking in a loading zone/no parking zone).
- The citation was missing from your vehicle (e.g. citation was removed/blew off windshield/etc.).
- You failed to display a valid parking permit or Disabled Parking Identification (DISID) Card.
- There was a lack of legal and/or convenient parking spaces.
- You had time constraints (e.g. your engagement took longer than anticipated).
- You didn’t receive notices due to incorrect/out-of-date address listing with Department of Transportation.
- You’re experiencing a lack of funds, the inability to pay, or other financial obligations.
- You lost or misplaced the original citation.