Given the current tight budgets facing cities large and small these days, you'd think a town the size of New Albany would have a little urgency about collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars it's owed. But that doesn't seem to be the case when it comes to the massive number of unpaid parking tickets the city is choosing to ignore.
According to a Fox 41 news story earlier this week, the list of unpaid tickets in New Albany is over 100 pages long and totals over $239,000. Several violators have incurred fines well into the thousands – with the top scofflaw running up a tab over $32,000. Yet attempts to collect those fines have been virtually non-existent.
What's really troubling is that the top offenders seem to be businesses or professionals who apparently think they should be above the law, while thousands of little guys follow the rules. And sadly, the city attorney – who refuses to bring law enforcement into the matter – apparently agrees with them.
Is New Albany really so financially robust it can treat $239,000 like spare change?
When our reporter tried to interview city attorney Shane Gibson for more information, she was told his schedule was full. But even though he wouldn't give her an explanation, I think the citizens of New Albany should demand one.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.