Waterbury Residents Flock to Avoid Car Booting Blitz

A firm will be scanning plates and booting cars.

By Audrey Washington
|  Monday, Apr 8, 2013  |  Updated 12:08 PM EDT
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Beginning Sunday, vehicles found with overdue tickets and unpaid taxes will be booted in Waterbury.

Beginning Sunday, vehicles found with overdue tickets and unpaid taxes will be booted in Waterbury.

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Waterbury residents have lines up at city hall to play overdue vehicle taxes and unpaid tickets to avoid getting booted.

The large crowd has gathered after Waterbury teamed up with a firm from Georgia that has begun roaming the streets of the Brass City in search of vehicles associated with overdue fines.

The crackdown began at midnight on Sunday.

"They have automated equipment that will be reading license plates and if they identify a delinquent motor vehicle with back taxes or parking tickets, the plate will be identified and they'll be booted where they find them," Deputy Tax Collector Karen Mulcahy said.

Initially, Waterbury is only booting vehicles with violations that are parked on public property, including city streets and government-owned parking lots.

In all, the city hopes to recoup millions of dollars in overdue car taxes and unpaid parking tickets, that tax records show Waterbury is owed.

"So probably a fair guess would be about $2 and half million uncollected per year and over the last two years. That's about $5 million," Mulcahy said.

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