Southold Town has made up its mind to grant a parking ticket amnesty month beginning June 1.
Throughout the course of the month, people with unpaid town tickets will be able to settle their fines for half their current value, including fees thanks to a new plan proposed by town Justice Court Director Leanne Reilly.
Southold currently has 984 outstanding parking tickets dating from 2007 to February of this year, which, if the full amount were to be paid, would be valued at about $179,000, said Ms. Reilly this week.
The town is working with debt collector FBS Justice Solutions, which will send information about the amnesty program to people with unpaid parking tickets and will reap 30 percent of the proceeds from people who pay up.
Ms. Reilly said when she originally pitched the program in February that about 350 of Southold’s parking tickets are from cars with out-of-state license plates.
The town plans to begin outreach in the media this week to let residents know about the program, which runs from June 1 through June 30.
Ms. Reilly said people with eligible tickets will receive letters in the mail explaining how to take advantage of the program.