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PARKING FINES MAY GO TO CHARITY

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The United Way of Greater Toledo believes it has a novel way of offseting cuts from the city's budget. It wants to help Toledo collect more than $2.4 million in unpaid parking fines.

Robert Alexander, general director of the YMCA, said the umbrella organzation wants to use its volunteers to collect unpaid fines and give the city a 50 percent cut of the money it gets.In effect, United Way would act as a collection agency in trying to get the fines.

The city eliminated $91,920 from eight agencies that belong to the United Way because of its fiscal problems.

Alexander said Friday the city and the agencies would come out ahead under its plan.

But Melissa Spencer, a marketing representative for the Credit Bureau of Toledo, said the United Way may be getting into more work than it bargains for. She said collecting unpaid fines is different from raising money.

More than 184,300 parking tickets have gone unpaid between 1983 and '89.