Those with unpaid fines won’t get to renew car tags

January 26, 2013

Those with outstanding fines in Hood County may soon have nowhere to hide.

Tax Assessor-Collector Teresa McCoy will soon be implementing the Scofflaw Program in her office. It is a centralized collection program designed to help clear outstanding warrants and raise revenue for the county through the collection of unpaid fines and fees.

County commissioners approved McCoy’s request to implement the program at its regular meeting this week. They agreed to provide McCoy with about $3,600 for needed computer equipment.

Once the program is implemented, the computer system will alert clerks in the tax assessor-collector’s office when a person who is trying to renew their car tags has an outstanding fine in the county. When that happens, the tags will not be issued until the debt is settled at the appropriate justice of the peace office.

New car tags will be issued once the customer provides documentation that the fine has been paid or that a payment schedule has been arranged with the JP.

McCoy said that the tax assessor-collector in Bee County was able in six months time to collect more than $22,000 owed to two JP offices.

McCoy said that when she was researching the matter a few months ago, more than $1.2 million was owed to the county through the JP offices.

She advised that anyone with outstanding fines settle up quickly before the program is implemented to avoid any inconvenience.

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