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Lafayette parking enforcement officially moved in-house

The city of Lafayette has officially moved its parking enforcement services in-house.

Two full-time employees will issue tickets and operate the city’s parking garage.

The staff will also serve as Downtown Ambassadors to answer questions or address concerns from residents and visitors.

Officials say a GPS-based digital system will make the process more efficient, and moving away from using a third party vendor will be more cost-effective.

The city is also making changes to the fee structure for on-street parking violations.

Tickets are increasing from $10 to $20, and 60-day past due tickets will increase from $75 to $100.

Officials say the move is designed to encourage the use of off-street longer term parking and to bring fees in line with similar communities across the state.