Delays on City's Collection Agency Contract

February 14, 2013 at 9:10 AM

 

PATERSON, NJ – The city’s efforts to track down deadbeats who owe the municipal court more than $7 million have run into a speed bump.

Almost four months after the City Council approved a contract with a Milwaukee-based collection company, Paterson officials are waiting for the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to give them the green light to go ahead and hire the firm.

Sign Up for E-News

City Purchasing Agency Harry Cevallos said the AOC sent Paterson a letter dated January 22 saying it would review the proposed contract and render a decision within 30 days.

Paterson finance officials had hoped the contract would be in place soon enough so they could incorporate projected revenue from the collections into this year’s budget, which would have helped close a $8.5 million deficit.

Business Administrator Charles Thomas said the delay in getting the contract going means the city may not be able to use any revenue from the delinquent court payments in the budget. But, he said, the city has been working on other ways to close the deficit.

Under its deal with Professional Account Management, the city would get 78 percent of whatever the company collected.

Thomas has said the company has a track record of collecting about 35 percent of delinquent fines and other court payments.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Paterson

Burial at Sea

As I plugged my phone into the outlet next to a shelf in the hotel bathroom, I had a fleeting thought that it was sort of an odd place for an outlet.  That was actually the last thought I had before my phone slipped out of my hands and fell directly below the shelf…

Into the toilet.

The good news was, the water in the toilet was clean.

The bad news was, it was still water.

Give a Shelter Pet a Home Today

July 23, 2016

MONTCLAIR, NJ  –The Montclair Township Animal Shelter (MTAS) has teamed up with NBC 4 New York / WNBC and Telemundo 47 / WNJU to host Clear the Shelters – the second annual nationwide pet adoption drive today, July 23.

In an effort to find new homes for homeless pets, MTAS will waive adoption fees on animals over six months old on Saturday, July 23, ...