The City of Springfield’s tow ordinance led to the forfeiture of over 320 family vehicles in 2012, according to an attorney representing what could be a class action suit against the city.
Don Birner says that the city collected more than $1.2 million dollars in 2011 and 2012 and 327 families in 2012 let their vehicles go because they were unable to pay the $500 fine assessed by the city.
That fee doesn’t include whatever charges are placed on impoundment and storage. Birner represents Calvin Christian in the lawsuit, which could grow as a class action suit with the addition of more names.
The city says they could not comment on pending litigation.