No one likes to get a ticket, but having to fork over some hard-earned cash might be less painful if you knew for sure those funds would be used to help kids and teachers in need.
Enter Las Vegas, who will remove the middle man and just allow you to donate school supplies instead of paying your parking fines with cash.
CNN reports that Vegas is waiving parking fines for a limited time in exchange for back-to-school goods like pencils and paper. A city news release confirms the report, and also advises that the program will only run through mid-July and only covers non-public safety parking violations.
The school supplies have to be new and unwrapped, plus be turned into the Parking Services Offices within 30 days of the citation (along with a receipt showing their value to be greater or equal to the fine).
If you’re interested, the city requests writing implements, index cards, rulers, scissors, erasers, paper towels, and disinfecting wipes.
Las Vegas will be donating the collected goods to the Teacher Exchange, a nonprofit associated with the Public Education Foundation. They collect surplus books, office supplies, and other materials every year, distributing them to public school classrooms across southern Nevada.
This isn’t the first instance of a city encouraging donations as opposed to parking fines – for the last five years, Lexington, Kentucky has accepted canned goods during the holiday season, with much success – and personally, I think more municipalities should follow suit.
People like to know, for sure, that their tax dollars are being used for good – so why not let them use them that way themselves?