SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Struggling to fill a $21 million budget shortfall, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency officials are putting driver’s on notice: expect more parking tickets.

   The agency said Monday it had budgeted $99 million in parking ticket revenue this fiscal year, but that its parking police have not written enough citations.

   MUNI spokesman Paul Rose tells The San Francisco Chronicle that the agency will be redeploying its ticket issuers “to bring in the most revenue for the agency and the city.”

   The agency reported it was up $9.6 million in anticipated expenses, and is down $11.6 million.

   A formal presentation of the new budget plan was scheduled to be presented to MUNI’s governing board on Tuesday.

Comments (4)
  1. midasmicah says:

    Really makes you want to go to San Francisco doesn’t it? NOT!!!!!!!!m

  2. dave says:

    It is about time a government entity fessed up to what we have all known. Traffic citations are not about our (the taxpayers) safety. It is all about raising money so they can spend more money hiring more cops who in turn have to write more tickets to pay for their existence.

  3. Lucifer says:

    this is the problem with law today. they should NOT be turning a profit. It motivates the police to become nothing more than thugs mugging the very people they are sworn to protect.

  4. Wizard Status says:

    This is ridiculous. Either they haven’t been trying hard enough to catch the violators (which isn’t what I’m seeing outside my house every morning) or people haven’t been making violations for the city to collect on. So what happens now? Do they then invent new violations just to squeeze money from the public?

    This is the wrong way to go about cleaning your finances up. I liken it to taking back your kids allowance because “they haven’t cleaned their room”, when in reality you’re taking it to pay off your new Mercedes.

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