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Penticton parking ticket fines put to use

The City of Penticton plans on putting your parking-ticket payments to good use.

The city and the RDOS recently received Strategic Community Investment Fund grants, which are composed of funds from the Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing program and the Small Community and Regional District Grants. Penticton will be receiving $396,501 — all from the traffic fine revenue program — and the RDOS will be receiving $140,305 from the regional district grants.

“Penticton — council and city — we’ve always placed a high priority on public safety, so the traffic fine revenue portion of it is reinvested in community policing, crime stoppers, drug education and crime reduction initiatives,” said Penticton mayor Dan Ashton. “One of them that I can tell you about was the crime analysis services that we utilize, and that’s where crime is mapped out within the city, how it happened, and what type of crime it was. That gives us strategic information and helps the RCMP map out opportunities for response and public safety.”

The funding received by the RDOS will be going to pay for basic services in the district.

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