Fulton County, Ga. officials have hired four debt-collection agencies to pursue some $7 million in past-due fines and fees.
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson and Municipal Services Bureau, both based in Texas; Harris & Harris, in Chicago; and Penn Credit Corp., in Pennsylvania, all specialize in government debt collection. The four hired firms will keep approximately 20% of what they collect.
Fulton County, Georgia's largest with more than one million residents, has an estimated 43,000 outstanding traffic tickets dating to 2000 and an estimated 540 unpaid code enforcement violations dating to 2001.
Fulton County officials hope to bring in at least $2 million and up to $3 million.