By Danielle Coston
The New Orleans Tribune

From now through Dec, 31, residents with a variety of unpaid fines can get a break on late fees and other penalties.

The Mayor’s Office, along with the Department of Finance, is providing an Amnesty Late Fee Forgiveness Program for residents to clear past-due accounts with parking and camera tickets, sales and hotel/motel taxes, code enforcement violations, Sewerage & Water Board bills and library fees. From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, residents will be able to pay certain fees without penalties or additional fees.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell is urging residents to take advantage of the Amnesty Late Fee Forgiveness Program.

“For the second time, my administration is offering residents the opportunity to participate in an Amnesty Late Fee Forgiveness Program,” Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a written statement on the City’s website. “This program allows us to meet our residents where they are and help them clean the slate as it relates to past due accounts. Providing this relief to residents now is critical as we continue to feel the impacts of COVID-19, inflation, and rising prices.

The Amnesty Late Fee Forgiveness Program in 2019 saved residents almost $6 million in fines and fees, according to the Mayor’s statement.

For more information on the Amnesty Program, residents can click here. They can also call the information hotline at (504) 658-2019 or dial 311.

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