Parking tickets in Calgary will cost $15 extra to cover a new provincial fee for providing addresses for license plates.
City aldermen voted during Monday's council meeting to pass the cost on to bad parkers, saving $5.8 million in lost revenue for the city.
Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi said he approves of the move, but he wonders why Service Alberta recently started charging $15 per inquiry.
"I agree that it should be a user fee basis, that the person who gets the ticket should pay. But …why in the world does it cost $15 for two computers to talk to one other and just do a quick check?" he said.
The fee took effect on April 1, taking a huge bite out of the revenue tickets generated for the city and police department.
City council can't increase the cost of tickets covered under provincial laws, such as speeding and red light infractions, so the $15 fee will continue to dip into the police department's budget.
Alberta is expecting to bring in an extra $12 million a year by raising the fees it charges to look up the owners of vehicles. The demand for the information is increasing and the province can't keep absorbing the rising cost, said a Service Alberta spokeswoman.