- Associated Press - Sunday, February 9, 2014

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - Those with outstanding fines in Greenwood have a limited opportunity to pay them off without incurring more penalties - provided they come forward now.

Acting Police Chief Ray Moore says some offenders, who previously worked out repayment plans with Municipal Court, have failed to live up to the terms. Others have simply brushed off fines owed to the city.

“We realize that 2013 was a rough year for a lot of folks,” Moore said. “They need to start taking care of their business.”

Moore said offenders who can’t afford to pay off their fines in full can work out a repayment plan. The arrangements need to be made in person - not by telephone, he said.

In past years, the amnesty program has been extremely successful, McAdams said. “We had on the books people owing $3 million. It’s less than a million now.”

About 40 to 45 percent of back fines collected are kept by the city, with the rest going to the state,” McAdams said.

Even while the amnesty program is in place, Moore said the police department will continue with its regular roundup of those with outstanding fines. “Come on in and let’s make arrangements,” he encouraged. “It saves them a lot of trouble. It saves us a lot of trouble, too.”

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports (https://bit.ly/1bKc539) the city’s amnesty program runs through the end of the month.

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Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, https://www.gwcommonwealth.com

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