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Seattle refunds $4.5M in parking ticket fees

Seattleites could get parking ticket refunds for any they received between September 2021 and April 2022, because of a mistake on the part of the city.

Last August, the Seattle City Council moved parking enforcement officers out of the Seattle Police Department, and into the Seattle Department of Transportation. The move was part of re-imagining policing in the city.

Now, the city says that officers didn't have the authority to issue tickets after the change.

The mistake will cost the city an estimated $4.5 million.

Mayor Bruce Harrell and City Council members are looking into why this problem occurred.