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Parking computer duns residents for nothing

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An estimated 15,000 people who paid parking tickets and other city fines in recent years found letters in their mailboxes over the past few days demanding that they pay up on the old tickets.

But the letters, sent by the Duncan Solutions, the service the city uses to collect parking fines, also specified that the amount owed was $0.00.

Puzzled residents started posting complaints about the notices on the message board of Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward.

Now City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has responded with word that Duncan has fessed up to the problem, baming a "corrupt computer file," and will, at its expense, send apology letters to the folks who got the confusing notices.

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