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Grafton police taking food donations as parking ticket payments

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Posted at 10:05 PM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 23:09:50-05

VILLAGE OF GRAFTON — For the month of December, Village of Grafton police are reducing the costs of parking tickets in a creative way, all to help those in need over the holidays.

Police Chief Jeff Caponera wrote on Facebook Thursday that they "want to give back and pay it forward."

This is how it works: For every parking ticket issued, police are reducing the amount of the fine by 50 percent.

The remaining 50 percent will be collected in the form of donations, such as canned goods or other staples equal to the remaining fines.

Chief Caponera gives an example. A $20 fine will be reduced to $10 in cash, plus $10 worth of canned food or other staples.

The police department will then donate the collected items to Family Sharing of Ozaukee County, Inc. for families who are struggling to put food on the table over the holidays.

To be eligible, you must have received a parking ticket in November or December. The tickets must be dealt with by Jan. 15, 2021.

"This program is designed to help those who need it most, it’s a win/win for everyone!! Please understand this does not take from the due process afforded to those who wish to challenge the ticket," Caponera writes.

You can also donate directly to the department, even if you don't have a parking ticket.

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