MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – A recent audit by the New York State Comptroller’s office showed Mount Kisco had roughly $1.17 million worth of unpaid parking tickets as of last spring.
Released on May 3, the study documents Mount Kisco’s parking offenses from June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012—or the 2011-12 fiscal year.
The audit found that Mount Kisco had nearly 20,000 outstanding tickets as of the end of that fiscal year. That includes 12,792 (worth more than $720,000) uncollected over five years ago, and 7,187 (worth more than $450,00) uncollected within the past five years.
Village Manager James Palmer said the Village will use a collection plan over the next few months that will be similar to methods used by other communities in Westchester County.
“Just to be clear, the Village has one of the highest collection rates in the County and uses the services of Complus to collect on tickets using all the statutory tools available,” Palmer told The Daily Voice . “However, what the State is recommending is that we dispose of those tickets which are deemed uncollectible, that is after all the tools available to us have been pursued. The Village however, has not within at least two decades, made this request to the Judges to dismiss these uncollectible tickets and that is why there appears to be a large number of uncollected tickets,” he added.
Mount Kisco's overall collection rate from 2008-12 is more than 90 percent, and the village collected nearly $721,000 worth of ticket revenue in 2011-12. Over the same time period, nearly 30,000 tickets were issued.
The audit released last week recommends that Mount Kisco adopt policies for identifying and removing the uncollected tickets. Palmer said that Mount Kisco already has an aggressive collection system and will indeed add a new policy to it to make it that much more effective.
“The Village will adopt a policy memorializing the collection methods including at which time we will request that the Judges dismiss tickets deemed uncollectible, meaning they have no known name or address for the owner of the vehicle after attempts are made through NYSDMV,” he said.
“Otherwise, we will continue to aggressively collect on outstanding tickets and report violators to DMV so that vehicle registrations may be suspended,” he added.
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