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Parking tickets on the rise?

Over the past year, several people miffed at getting parking tickets have suggested that Menlo Park has ramped up its parking enforcement to secure more revenue for the city during the recession.

The police department has denied that it's stepped up patrols, and city revenue figures seem to support that assertion. The city collected about $253,000 from parking tickets in the 2007-08 fiscal year, but only $227,000 in 2008-09, according to Finance Director Carol Augustine.

What accounts for the 9 percent drop? Ms. Augustine speculated that perhaps the collection company has been slow in processing, and acknowledged that the recession might have something to do with it, with fewer people parking downtown.

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