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Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced his administration will implement a new aggressive approach to improve collections owed to the city, including millions of dollars in unpaid parking tickets, unpaid fees, fines and penalties. The reforms are anticipated to bring in up to an additional $33 million in collections in 2012.
“Moving forward there will be no more free rides, debt scofflaws will be found and they will pay what they owe the City,” said Mayor Emanuel. “That means we will take a smarter more aggressive approach to recover this debt, not only to collect what we are owed but to ensure that it never reaches this level again.”
The City will improve its collections on outstanding debt by cracking down on enforcement and consolidating the billing and collections process under City Comptroller Amer Ahmad in the Department of Revenue. Previously, several City departments performed their own billing and collection functions. With the new reforms, all billing and collection systems will be administered by the Department of Revenue. By eliminating this unnecessary bureaucracy the City will drastically increase efficiency and improve overall collections.
Ahmad has identified a number of initiatives to increase debt collections that include crackdowns on parking fleets, bank debts, new building holds, building inspection fees, improved tax audits and EMS collections. The new reforms being announced today include the following:
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