Lawrence commissioner again proposes letting people pay parking fines with canned food

For a second time, Commissioner Matthew Herbert has asked that the City Commission consider raising fines for metered parking violations in Lawrence while simultaneously offering violators the option to donate canned goods instead of paying the fees.

Herbert introduced the idea in early December, saying the food could be taken to local food banks. Other cities — such as Lexington, Ky., Albany, N.Y., and Tallahassee, Fla. — have implemented “Food for Fines” programs in the past couple of years during the holiday season, but Herbert has said he wants Lawrence’s to be year-round.

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