The District Department of Motor Vehicles may consider an amnesty program to collect some of the 300-million-dollars it is owed from unpaid parking and driving tickets. The “Examiner” reports that the amnesty deal would allow drivers to pay only their original fine with all penalties waived. Officials estimate that the program could raise six-million-dollars at a time when the District is facing a budget gap of nearly 500-million-dollars for the next fiscal year. DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown tells the “Examiner” he hopes the DMV goes forward with an amnesty plan. Brown says he wants to ensure that the city collects what it’s owed in taxes and fees before cutting services. Brown says the amnesty program is a perfect example of how the city can begin to close the budget gap.
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