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Hagerstown parking benefit cut

August 04, 1998

Starting Aug. 28, drivers who get parking tickets in Hagerstown will no longer receive a discounted rate if they pay the ticket in the first 24 hours, city officials said.

City Council members voted 3-1 on July 28 to eliminate the $2 discount for fines paid in the first 24 hours. As of Aug. 28 the fine is $5 for the first eight days.

Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein, who operates a jewelry store downtown, said she voted against eliminating the discount because it was a courtesy.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said he was going to vote against eliminating the discount, but reconsidered after learning the city loses money on the discounts.

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Council members Metzner, William M. Breichner and J. Wallace McClure voted to eliminate the discount. Councilman Alfred W. Boyer was absent.

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