The cost to get a boot on your car removed in Sandy Springs can run from $100 to $500 depending on the discretion of the booting company.
But, that is all about to change if the city passes a new ordinance that would limit the fine to $40.
The change comes after the Sandy Springs Police Chief Terry Sult complained to city councilors about the fines.
The complaint was in reference to multiple calls from citizens who were getting booted.
"There is some concern about signage and where people are getting boots," Capt. Keith Zgonc said. "We have dispatched officers to calls where people are, obviously, frustrated at the fact not only that their vehicle was booted, but the individual offering to take the boot off is offering 100 or more."
Zgonc said they have received multiple calls over the past several weeks.
Calls that are even coming from residents of condominiums who claim they were legally parked when they got the boot.
"It's $100 every time, all the time," Omar Holmes said.
Holmes lives in Highgate at Sandy Springs. One day he said he walked out to his car and saw a boot.
"This has happened twice. I had my parking pass but it wasn't in my window and I was parked in my correct spot. I showed him my pass, but he still charged me $100, it's outrageous," Holmes said. "The other time I parked in a vacant spot and got a boot because it wasn't my assigned spot."
One morning Holmes said he drove out for work and saw numerous cars with boots, "Some even had boots on multiple tires," Holmes said.
According to residents some people in Highgate will get boots on their cars for not paying their homeowner's association dues.
"I pay my dues," Holmes said. "This was just about not having my parking pass displayed."
According to city officials, the city attorney is currently drafting an ordinance to address the concerns raised by residents and the police chief.
With police running on calls for issues with booting, some people think their tax dollars are being wasted and it needs to stop.
"Then we are taking away our time for our emergency personnel our police our fire," Jill Elliot said. "I want them out there helping in life and death situations. I don't want them out there to assess if a car needs booting."
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