Toledo, Ohio (AP) -- Some people in Ohio complain they received $25 parking tickets last week when their vehicles were parked in their own driveways.
Toledo mayor Carty Finkbeiner defends the citations, saying they were issued under a city law against parking on unpaved surfaces -- including gravel driveways.
The mayor, who's facing a recall vote, says he stands by the city's acting commissioner of streets, bridges and harbor, Susan Frederick, who wrote the tickets.
During a news conference Monday, Finkbeiner ignored a reporter's question of whether the crackdown and fines are at all related to the city's budget crisis.
City Councilman D. Michael Collins calls the ticketing "mickey mouse nonsense." he has told residents he'll try to have the citations rescinded.
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