Archive for Thursday, November 6, 2014

Basehor hopes to collect more unpaid fines

November 6, 2014

The Basehor City Council at its workshop Monday discussed using a new service to attempt to collect on unpaid city and municipal court fines.

The city currently uses the Collection Bureau of Kansas to help collect outstanding finds and past due bills. But the Collection Bureau will only attempt to collect bills and fines no older than two years.

The city currently has about $109,000 due in unpaid court fines, and many are more than two years old.

The city is looking at a three-year agreement with American Municipal Services, which will attempt to collect on unpaid fines regardless of their age. Pursuant to state statute, 33 percent is added to the amount owed to cover the collection fees, and AMS will cover all expenses in the collection process, so there is no direct cost to the city.

The council also discussed extending an agreement with the National Youth Sports Sanctioning Organization LLC for the operation of the Field of Dreams for another five years. The organization currently pays the city $35,000 annually for use of the fields; under a new agreement, the city would be paid $37,000 in 2015, and the amount would increase by $2,000 annually.

Both items will move on to the Nov. 17 regular council meeting for final approval.

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