Parking tickets turning into Christmas wishes

If your parking ticket’s got you feeling like scrooge, the City of Fort St. John has a way to turn you into Santa’s little helper.

Beginning in December, residents who have parking tickets will be able to ‘pay’ them off by providing a new, packaged, unwrapped toy of a value no less than the value of the ticket.

Councilors gave the initiative the green-light at Monday night’s city council meeting.

And councilor Lori Ackerman took the recommendation one step further.

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That motion was passed unanimously by council. The revenue normally received from the exchanged meter violation tickets will be funded from council contingency.

The toys will be added to Moose FM’s 6th annual Troyer Toy Drive, which takes place this year on December 11th to 12th.  All the toys will go to the local Salvation Army for distribution through its annual hamper drive.

Meanwhile, Mayor Lantz poked fun at himself at Monday’s meeting, saying he might have to buy out the entire toy store to pay off his remaining tickets.

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