- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 8, 2014

KINDER, La. (AP) - The Kinder City Council has agreed to seek the help of a national debt collection agency to help the town collect more than $88,300 in unpaid traffic fines and court costs.

On Monday, the council gave Mayor Estes LeDoux authority to negotiate a contract with American Municipal Services of Carrollton, Texas, to help the Kinder Police Department collect money offenders have never paid from outstanding traffic tickets and court fines.

“People get tickets and intentionally don’t pay them and most of them are from out-of-town,” LeDoux said.

As of March 19, the American Press reports (https://bit.ly/1eOXZNb ) Kinder is owed $88,346 in delinquent fines and court costs, some of which date back two to three years.

The outstanding debts include a 20-page list of offenders from several states who owe the town, he said.

“Most of these people are from Texas or another state and we have no way of tracking these people down,” LeDoux said.

The money owed ranges from $550 to $844 and includes debts owed for speeding tickets, parking violations and other traffic fines.

AMS, which serves 159 municipalities in Louisiana, will work with the town to collect the outstanding debt at no cost to the town, he said.

“They go out and collect the tickets and fines at no charge to the town and add on a percentage to the fine owed,” LeDoux said. “At the end of each month they send the town a check for the fines they have collected.”

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Information from: American Press, https://www.americanpress.com

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