Providence municipal car accumulated years of unpaid tickets

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Officials in Providence say a municipal car used by Mayor Jorge Elorza’s advance staff was towed late last week for accumulating seven years’ worth of unpaid parking tickets.

The Providence Journal reports the vehicle was booted Friday while parked outside Providence City Hall.

Emily Cromwell, the mayor’s communications director, says the car is used by staff members of several city administrations who assist in setting up locations for various mayoral events.

Cromwell says city officials do not have immunity and are expected to park legally while out on city business.

The unpaid tickets were still being inventoried on Monday. Some date to former Mayor David Cicilline’s administration in 2009.

Cromwell says it may be possible to determine which staffer is responsible for each individual ticket.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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