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December 3, 2012

Program to help recover money owed

The Illinois Comptroller’s office offers the program to recover monies owed through bad debit

MT. VERNON — — The city will be able to recover monies its owed through bad debt with the help of a program offered through the Illinois Comptroller’s office.

“The program was implemented to help municipalities recover money owed to them,” City Manager Ron Neibert said. “The state will divert payments from a business or individual to the municipality for those who receive a state check.”

The agreement for the program is one item on the agenda for tonight’s City Council meeting. Each year the city writes off bad debt for accounting purposes only, but continues to try to recover the amounts owed. Most of the funds are owed to the city through unpaid water bills, fines, liens, small claims and judgments

“If any of those who owe the city get an income tax refund, a payroll check from the state or any type of payment, the amount owed will be taken from the check and sent to us,” Neibert said. “If someone is a state employee, they can take up to 20 percent of their pay check to pay the obligations.”

Neibert said there is no cost to the city for the recovery program.

“We get the funds back, on our part, and it’s only a matter of investing the time to get the information to the Comptroller’s office,” Neibert said.

In other business, the council will:

  • Hear bid results for ammunition for the police department;
  • Hear a request to award a bid for demolition of dangerous and dilapidated structures;
  • Hear a request to close South 27th Street from Logan to Jamison on Dec. 14 and Dec. 15 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for Christmas in the Park;
  • Hold a first reading on the tax levy ordinance;
  • Hold a first reading on an ordinance declaring a 2009 Ford Crown Vic as surplus property;
  • Hold a first reading on a conditional use permit for a home day care at 1804 Pace by Amber Robinson;
  • Hold a first reading on an ordinance rezoning property at 101 S. 27th Street from R2 to B2 by Peoples National Bank;
  • Discuss a redevelopment agreement with DDC Hotels, Inc., known as the Drury Inn;
  • Officially accept a quitclaim deed from the State for the former Armory property located on Broadway; and
  • Discuss the re-appointment of Ron Neibert to the 911 Board.

The council will meet 7 p.m. tonight at the Rolland Lewis Community Building at Veterans Park.

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