Mt. Vernon Register-News

December 3, 2012

Program to help recover money owed

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

By TESA GLASS
tesa.glass@register-news.com

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:

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