City court offering amnesty for those who owe back fines

Published 12:15 pm Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Vicksburg Municipal Court is offering people who owe the city back fines a chance to come in and pay them and avoid arrest.

The three-month amnesty period runs from Feb. 2 to April 30. People who voluntarily come in during that time and pay their fines in full will not face arrest for non-payment, according to information from the court.

The amnesty period is an annual program offered by the court to give people an opportunity to pay their fines and avoid arrest.

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Collecting past due fines has been a problem for the city. Presently, city records show the amount of past-due fines totals about $4,068,883.79.

Besides the amnesty period, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in December approved an agreement with Municipal Intercept Co. LLC to work with the Mississippi Department of Revenue to put a lien on an individual’s state income tax refund if they owe the city money.

Municipalities are authorized to take money owed for past due fines or other debts from a person’s state income tax refund under a bill approved in the 2018 session of the Mississippi Legislature.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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