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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - There's going to be a big change in the way Youngstown's courts handle parking violations and if you haven't paid your fines, you may find yourself without a vehicle.

The city's clerk of courts, Sarah Brown-Clark, met with the safety committee of Youngstown City Council.

She is proposing that council approves an ordinance that creates a parking violations bureau. It will require no additional staffing, but will give the clerk's office "teeth" in enforcing the collection of parking violation fees.

If you accumulate $500 in fines your vehicle will either be towed or have a boot put on it.

If you get a parking ticket you will have 30 days to pay the $10 fine. After that, the fine will go up to $30.

Brown-Clark says many violators have not paid their tickets over the past 10 years. Some owe the city as much as $6,000 in tickets.

She says hundreds of thousands of dollars are owed to the city, and that money would go to Youngstown's general fund.

Once council approves of the legislation, the clerk's office will announce a parking amnesty that will be held the first week of May. 

During that time, violators will have the chance to pay off their fines before the changes go into effect.

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