We’re helping the Valley’s economy … The economy continues to grow at a rate faster than the U.S. economy. And we’re paying down our debt. So who gains if you change the debt ceiling? We’re managing the business in a responsible way,” McCullough said. He said TVA pays 19 cents on the dollar to service its debt, down from the 34-cent-per-dollar debt service in 1997.
McCullough hinted at what might be a trump card in the state’s ongoing negotiations aimed at keeping Atlanta from acting on its plan to draw drinking water from the Tennessee River. Decatur drivers paid $153,285 in parking-related fines over the past 14 years, but city administrators acknowledge Tax Depreciation Schedule Calculator they have no legal way to collect money from the 3,694 violators who refused to pay. Downtown signs warn of parking fines, and police and a part-time city employee wrote 20,395 citations for as many as 13 different parking violations since 1991, but a loophole in the law means only the honest folks pay.
Police can positively identify speeders if they’re a no-show in court, using driver license information and signatures on citations, but parking tickets left on windshields don’t legally identify violators. “Magistrates don’t have grounds to swear out a warrant if they can’t say under oath which person committed the offense,” Municipal Court Judge Bill Cook said. Traffic control officer Duane Malloy still issues parking tickets, but the city has no legal way to collect from violators who don’t pay.
Former Attorney General Bill Pryor issued a Dec. 6, 2001, opinion on private parking fines, saying the city of Tuscaloosa has the right to leave parking tickets on the windshield of an unattended vehicle — but at trial the city may have to prove who parked illegally. “Why would it be any different for public parking?” Cook argues. Magistrate Tony Bolan said Decatur ticket writers don’t list names or addresses of violators, just tag numbers.