Village using different approach to get unpaid fines
WILSON - The village of Wilson is thinking of a new approach to collect thousands of dollars in unpaid warrants.
The East Feliciana Parish town has more than $90,000 in outstanding warrants, some dating back as far as the seventies. Now their police department is turning to American Municipal Services, a company which specializes in helping municipalities go after unpaid fees.
Earlier this year the police department laid off two officers because it couldn't afford to pay their salaries. They say money from the unpaid fines will go a long way for the department.
"Right now we're strapped for funds so to be able to collect those funds will greatly enhance our department. Pick up more officers, more coverage in the town, and combat crime a lot easier," said Chief Kenneth Stewart.
ACM's services would cost 30 percent of the amount of fees collected. The board of aldermen will vote on the issue at their next meeting in August.