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Waterbury to Start Car Booting Blitz

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A firm will scan license plates and boot your car if you owe taxes or fees.

Waterbury residents with overdue vehicle taxes and unpaid tickets just might find a boot on their vehicle soon.

Waterbury has teamed up with a firm from Georgia that that will begin roaming the streets of the Brass City in search of vehicles associated with overdue fines.

The crackdown begins 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 will only boot vehicles with violations that are parked on public property, including city streets and government-owned parking lots.

Dave Rombre, a Waterbury resident, thinks the program will be effective.

"People who don't pay their taxes are putting a burden on other people and that's not fair, so if this is one way to catch up with the scofflaws, then do it," he said.

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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