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Published September 16, 2011, 06:58 PM

Fargo increases towing and impound rates

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Illegal parking in Fargo is a bit more costly.

Illegal parking in Fargo is a bit more costly. The city increased its towing fees and daily impound rates. As parking becomes more difficult downtown Fargo, city leaders say so will dodging those parking tickets.

Here at the city impound lot these vehicles are racking up the fees just waiting to be picked up or sold. At 100 bucks a tow it’s already adding up for the city of Fargo. 71 vehicles since August first, including on NDSU's campus have been towed. The city gets a percentage of the tow fee and the $20 a day impound fee.

Ben Dow – Fargo Public Works Director: "When we were sitting down with the contractor we saw the biggest change from 06-11 it was the fuel prices and cost he was incurring to run at the same rate."

The city says its fees have not been updated since 2006 when a tow fee was $60. With NDSU buildings and apartment housing also going up downtown, parking has become a hot and scarce commodity making way for more offenders.

Susanne Williams: "You know when people express frustrations about not being able to park right in front of the store they want to visit, I guess I don't have a lot of sympathy for them."

Dow says the city plans to do parking blitzes every three weeks in the coming months. So with winter on its way, more enforcement and higher fines a proper park might just be worth it.