By Associated Press - Saturday, August 23, 2014

METCALFE, Miss. (AP) - Metcalfe residents with unpaid court fines and overdue utility bills soon will be hearing from a collection agency.

Clerk Rosie Chillis says the City of Metcalfe has contracted with Carrollton, Texas-based American Municipal Services Corp. “to collect old, delinquent court fines and gas and water utility accounts.” The company has worked with other small towns, including Indianola, Mississippi.

“We’ve seen what they do out in Indianola, and it’s working great for them,” Chillis said. “We just have to make sure we follow the right procedures and get things done.”

Chillis tells The Delta Democrat-Times ( ) that there are more than $50,000 of unpaid court fines and more than $70,000 of overdue utility fines to be collected.

Bridgette Adley, the Metcalfe manager for the State Economic Development Administration, said there may be more than $175,000 of outstanding fines and utility bills to collect.

“By collecting these fines, the city will bring in more revenue and be able to provide new and better services to the community,” Adley said. “This group we’ve bought on is very persistent and will get things done.”

The group soon will begin sending out notices to residents with delinquent accounts.

“This entire process is new to us, but it’s something that we had to do,” Chillis said. “We will have to learn along the way.”


Information from: Delta Democrat-Times,

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