Homer Glen offers ticket amnesty program
May 25, 2012 11:32PM
The village of Homer Glen will be implementing a one-time amnesty program for its unpaid tickets.
Officials said the village has 121 tickets with $9,150 in outstanding fines and $23,950 in outstanding penalties dating back to January 2008. The tickets had been sent to the village’s collection agency. Of these tickets, 48 were issued to Homer Glen residents, 58 were from other communities and 15 were multiple offenders.
Village officials believe implementing a one-time ticket amnesty program will potentially improve the recovery of delinquent tickets. The village will be sending out letters to the ticket-holders stating that the village will accept payment of the original fine amount, without the penalty, through a one- or two-part payment plan.
The village likely will receive about 25 percent of the outstanding fines owed based on research on other communities’ amnesty programs, village manager Cameron Davis said.
If the fine is not received within 30 days of the mailing, the village plans to send the ticket to the state of Illinois to lien future income tax refunds through the newly created state Comptroller Local Debt Recovery Program.