More pay up in city’s annual debt-collection program

Published 12:30 am Saturday, April 9, 2011

Vicksburg’s annual attempt to collect past-due fines for misdemeanors didn’t net as much as last year, but saw a greater number people step up to pay their debts.

The attempt, called an amnesty period, began Feb. 1 and ended March 31. A total of $47,807.52 was collected from 122 people, Mayor Paul Winfield said Friday

Last year’s amnesty period, which ran for four months, saw $57,112 from 77 people.

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“This was just another progressive way to get people to take care of their business and to take advantage of the tax season,” he said. “I think that if these 122 people are off the hook, they can go on with their lives and I’m happy for them.”

And, “We’re able to generate income,” the mayor said.

The amnesty period was established in 2009 by the Winfield administration to help those with outstanding debt settle with the city without penalties, such as a contempt-of-court arrest warrants.