The Lexington Parking Authority will issue refunds to people who were wrongly assessed late fees on tickets for being parked at expired parking meters.
For several years, the parking authority incorrectly gave people just two weeks to pay those tickets before assessing a $15 late fee, its board said in a news release Tuesday.
The citations that were affected had the code "1G — Expired Meter" and were issued between late July 2008 and mid-April 2012.
People who received those tickets were charged a $15 late fee if they did not pay within 14 days, while late fees are supposed to be assessed only after 30 days, according to the board.
About 6,300 citations had the fee incorrectly charged, according to Gary Means, executive director of the parking authority. That is a total of $94,500 in late fees.
The error arose in 2008, when the parking authority switched from writing paper tickets to printing tickets on handheld electronic devices.
The clerical error that caused the late fee to be assessed earlier was corrected in 2012, but the money that had already been collected was not addressed "due to the staff's interpretation of the enabling ordinance as it related to this one type of citation."
"However, it is the Board's belief that the ordinance requires the late fee to be assessed only after thirty days of nonpayment," according to the release.
James Frazier, chairman of the Lexington Parking Authority Board, said in the release that Means brought the error to the board's attention "following a review of its internal procedures."
"Expired meter" tickets written between July 31, 2008 and April 5, 2012 were the only ones affected, according to the release.
People who were wrongly charged the late fee will receive a $15 refund, as well as a $3 parking voucher for use at any LexPark garage.
Means said in an email that the agency is "working on a campaign to mail out notices" to people who were affected.
People who think they were wrongly charged can visit LexPark at 122 North Broadway, call 231-7275, or visit Lexpark.org for more information.