There's no longer a need to sacrifice your lunch break to pay a York City parking ticket.
Last week, the city launched a service on its website that allows ticket recipients to pay their fine online.
Historically, fines had to be paid at City Hall during business hours.
"The goal is to provide convenience and to move our city services into the updated technology," said Cheryl Rascoe, the city's deputy business administrator for parking.
For working people, getting to City Hall before 5 p.m. can be a challenge, Rascoe said.
The online payments are available to pay fines for all violations enforced by the city's parking-enforcement officers, she said.
That includes fines related to expired meters, street sweeping and no-parking zones, Rascoe said.
Moving violations, like speeding, are enforced by the police department and are not included in the online payment option.
This is the second online-payment service the city has launched on its website, www.yorkcity.org.
Online payments for sewer and trash-collection customers started in December.
Officials have floated the idea of expanding that to eventually include false-alarm fees, tenant-occupied license fees and property taxes.
Smart meters: New technology has also changed the way drivers can pay for parking in certain parts of the city.
In June, the city installed 214 "smart" meters throughout the core of the city's business district.
The new meters accept both credit cards and coins.
City officials have said they expect the new meters to yield a 20 percent increase in the city's parking revenue.
Rascoe said she's monitoring the data, but it's too early to draw any conclusions about whether revenue is indeed on the rise.
She said the parking bureau has been working to educate the public about the new meters.
For example, she said, the meters have a pre-pay option that can come in handy for people who park before enforcement starts at 8 a.m.
"You can put your money in at 7:30 and it won't take effect until 8 a.m.," Rascoe said. "So you don't have to worry about leaving your meeting to go re-feed your meter."
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