Tinley Park teams with state to collect bills
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org December 5, 2012 5:30PM
Updated: January 7, 2013 7:18AM
If you owe money to the village of Tinley Park — be it overdue water bills or unpaid parking tickets, among other things — the village will get help from the state comptroller’s office in collecting it.
On Tuesday night, the village board entered into an agreement with the state to take part in the comptroller’s local debt recovery program.
Under the program, the village submits debt information to the comptroller’s office, and when the office processes a payment to a person or business, it will first search its database for any money owed to the state or participating local governments.
If that person or business has an outstanding debt, that amount is deducted from their payment.
After an appeal period has elapsed, the money withheld is paid to the government that is owed.
It’s not that Tinley Park is hard up for money, Trustee Patty Leoni said, but the village does want what it’s owed.
“We don’t have a ton of them (who owe), but it’s another means for us to get the money people aren’t paying,” Leoni said.
Mayor Ed Zabrocki agreed, calling it a “convenience from the village’s standpoint.
“And we would get 100 percent of what is owed the village, as opposed to hiring a collection agency and paying them a percentage,” Zabrocki said.
The state adds a $15 fee for each transaction through the comptroller’s office. Collections are limited to debts greater than $50 and that are no more than 7 years old.
The money can be deducted from virtually any payment made by the state, including tax refunds, lottery winnings and regular business payments.