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LANCASTER — Officials in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, say more than 9,000 parking tickets may go unpaid after a series of delays with the computerized ticketing system.

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Larry Cohen, executive director of the Lancaster Parking Authority, says the tickets span from January to April. He estimates the fines could total about $250,000.

The authority took over parking enforcement from the city at the start of the year. Cohen says the transfer process made it so that it wasn’t until mid-June when the computerized ticketing system began sending past-due tickets to prosecutors.

By that time, all tickets issued before May 1 were past the state’s statute of limitations on enforcing parking violations.

Cohen says the city is aware of the issue, and enforcement revenue has already exceeded expectations.