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Rates for city fees and fines adjusted

Fines for parking tickets issued in the city of Rochester increased Thursday.

The fine increase was included in the city’s fiscal 2012-13 budget and is the first increase of parking ticket fines in more than 10 years.

Revenue from parking fines are directed to the Parking Trust Fund, which seeks to keep the city’s parking system self sufficient and funded directly by its users. Examples of fund expenditures include maintenance of the parking garages and surface lots.

The parking fine increases were initially scheduled to take effect July 1, but were delayed to accommodate an upgrade to the information technology system.

The new fines are among an anticipated in $1.7 million in new revenue from fee increases included in the fiscal year 2012-13 budget. The budget also freezes the tax levy, maintains investments in city neighborhoods and commercial districts and does not include reductions in public-safety staffing levels or service hours at the libraries and recreation centers.

Most parking fines will rise by $10 with the exception of parking without a permit in a handicapped marked space and parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.