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Dozens of La Crosse parking fines paid with holiday donations, as city brings in $907,000 in fines

Brad Williams

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A new holiday program to pay parking fines with donations led to the city of La Crosse collecting $1,700 in food and clothing. 

The first ‘Food for Fines’ program, conducted in December, allowed 46 fines to be settled with charitable donations. 

Otherwise, the city parking utility says fines brought in $907,000 for La Crosse, which is 34 percent more than budget experts had expected. 

The city also collected another $960,000 from parking permit fees.

More than 250 vehicles were immobilized with a boot for having unpaid fines, with those cars accounting for $86,000 in fees.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.