QUESTION: Is it possible to work off city of Tacoma parking tickets instead of paying cash? Anonymous
ANSWER: Yes, indeed you can.
Its a little-known fact, but you can work off any of the fines levied in Tacoma Municipal Court not just for illegal parking but for other traffic offenses and even criminal offenses.
Michelle Petrich, the court administrator, says that as long as a judge gives the OK, there are two cashless alternatives.
The grimmer of the two entails serving a stint on a city of Tacoma community service work crew. Its not a chain gang exactly, but youll put in eight-hour days doing work such as picking up trash or clearing brush. For the eight hours, you get $100 credit against fines and costs.
The other alternative is more free form. You can work for any of more than a dozen local social service organizations on a city-approved list, at a rate of $10 an hour.
Approved organizations include food banks, housing shelters and environmental groups.
You get to pick the one you want.
Rob Carson: 253-597-8693