City officials in Gainesville, Texas, expect in the next week to outsource an estimated $850,000 in delinquent fines to collection firm McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen (MVBA) P.C. of Round Rock, Texas.
Gainesville Chief City Marshal Keith Rigsby said city officials reviewed several different collection agencies before choosing MVBA, a firm that has been around for 50 years and is already working with utility collections in Gainesville.
The decision to partner with a third-party collection agency were approved by the Gainesville City Council in December, at no additional cost to the city or taxpayers.
Under Texas law, courts are allowed to assess a collection fee of 30% above any fines collected from each defendant. The agency keeps the fee and the city gets the revenue from the fine.
Rigsby is urging any residents with outstanding Class C misdemeanor fines older than 60 days to voluntarily come in and settle before additional costs are added. Those individuals still have 30 days to make restitution, he said, at which time warrants will be issued.