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City of Oakland To Pay Back $2.3 Million In Overpaid Parking Tickets

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A car is tagged with a parking ticket. (AP)

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Oakland officials will refund $2.3 million for overpaid parking tickets from 2008, 2009 and 2010 after a city audit discovered the overpayments last year.

The city’s Parking Ticket Management Performance audit from December 2012 found that there was about $316,000 in overpaid parking tickets in just the 2010-11 fiscal year.

The report found that the city was failing to notify and reimburse citizens when they overpay for parking violations. Instead citizens have had to request a refund on their own in the past few years.

After a November request from the city administrator to the City Council, $2.3 million was set aside for the city to pay for three years of parking refunds as a measure to improve the ticket management system.

The money comes from city funds and will pay back ticketed residents before the three-year limit for unclaimed funds can be used by city agencies — a step which city auditor Courtney Ruby said identifies “the magnitude of the problem.”

Notifications about overpayments will be made between Jan. 9 and March 9 and citizens will have 60 days to respond. Refunds can be requested online at www2.oaklandnet.com/w/OAK042515.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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