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08-03-2005, 07:54 PM
8/2/2005 11:36:57 PM
Daily Journal


Daily Journal

TUPELO - Tupelo city officials want to collect about $3 million in delinquent unpaid fines, so they're initiating August as amnesty month.

The Tupelo City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to allow individuals with delinquent unpaid fines to catch them up or make an arrangement without incurring a collection fee.

The council also voted to hire Mississippi Warrants Network to help locate individuals with delinquent fines, notify them and tell those people that they need to pay up or face contempt of court charges.

"As of September any delinquent fine turned over to the collections service will include a contempt of court arrest warrant, a $125 warrant fee and a 25 percent collection fee," said Larry Montgomery, director of municipal court. "Any law enforcement officer may serve the arrest warrant at any time and the individual may be incarcerated in the Lee County Jail until such time as the delinquent fine is addressed."

The agency hired by the city won't collect fines, Montgomery stress, only "encourage" people to come in and pay.

Appeared originally in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 8/3/2005 8:00:00 AM, section A , page 8