This February residents can settle their parking tickets for 50 per cent off the amount owing and, at the same time, automatically donate $5 to Whistler Animals Galore Society (WAG).
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is bringing back the parking ticket amnesty program for a limited time Ñ allowing people to catch up on their unpaid parking tickets while also helping out a local charity.
The program will run from February 1 to 28 and applies to all parking tickets older than 30 days. For every ticket payment received, the RMOW will donate $5 toward the Whistler animal shelter. In other words, a parking ticket worth $100 can be settled for only $50, with $5 of the total going to support WAG. There is no limit to the number of tickets each resident can settle through the one-time program.
"This is such a win-win-win," said WAG Director of Shelter Operations Shannon Broderick. "The money collected through the parking ticket amnesty program will go towards saving an animal, whether it is lifesaving surgery or a simple spay. WAG is extremely grateful to all of our many supporters, and this is another great way the community can help."
The RMOW first ran the parking amnesty program in 2009, with donations going to the Whistler Food Bank. The program was heralded a success, with a total of 496 tickets paid and the Food Bank receiving almost $2,500 in donations.
To participate in this year's program, please make your payment in-person at municipal hall, open Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.