Residents of Aurora, Ill. who allow parking fines or unpaid water bills to go to collections could be told to pay the city's collection costs on top of the debt if a proposed amendment to the City Code is pushed forward.
The far west Chicago suburb pays an estimated $80,000 per year to a collection agency for the work, according to city officials. The name of the agency was not immediately available. When outstanding fines are collected, the agency’s fee is paid from the debt amount collected.
City aldermen discussed the proposed amendment Tuesday. It's expected to come to a vote later this year.
Illinois state law permits municipalities to pass the cost of collection to debtors if aldermen authorize the move.
City Finance Director Brian Caputo said that when a delinquent account is large and the collection agency is unsuccessful in collecting it, the city sometimes uses an attorney to pursue the owed money.