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Brick Begins Collecting Outstanding Municipal Court Fines

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Gavel (Credit: Brian Turner/Flickr)
Gavel (Credit: Brian Turner/Flickr)

Brick has set up a program to collect outstanding municipal court fines under a state program that allows the township to employe the services of a collections agency at no cost to taxpayers.

Mayor John Ducey said at its peak, the municipal court had more than $500,000 in outstanding fines that were not paid. Recently, a first round of collections letters have gone out and scofflaws, in turn, have begun to pay up.

“The letters have all gone out, and the collection has begun,” Ducey said. “Theyโ€™re collecting a lot of the money, which is great.”

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An exact figure on how much money has yet to come in was not immediately available.

Under legislation enacted by the state legislature in recent years, municipalities are now able to use collections agencies to track down those who owe outstanding fines. Under the program, Business Administrator Joanne Bergin said, anyone who owes a fine must pay the entire fine. The collections agency tacks a fee onto the fine, which also must be paid. The township then receives the full fine owed and the agency makes money through its own, separate fee.

Last week, the township renewed a contract with Pioneer Credit Recovery, of Arcade, N.Y., to act as its collections agent. The contract with Pioneer will continue through June 11, 2016.


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  • Chief Wahoo

    HA HA. The public TAKERS need more $$$$ so they let a debt collecting lowlife firm add MORE fees on top of fine, which most people probably do not have money to pay in first place. And even if they do the higher fees just takes more money out of the local Brick economy and gives it to a private firm. Brilliant !!!!

    • JW

      Obey the law, respect the courts and don’t whine about being held accountable for your own mistakes in this town. I have no sympathy for deadbeats and scofflaws.

      • Frank Rizzo

        But what if they are poor and or immigrants which you liberals all make excuses for.

      • Trevor

        I hate immigrants! They are so arrogant the way they established this entire nation. What lowlifes!

      • JW

        Trolls typically start ranting about completely unrelated things to irritate people and express their irrationality. Once again, proving why you’re the biggest joke here

      • Frank Rizzo

        Sounds like you have been thrown under the bus by Trevor. He thinks they should be treated differently and given a pass since THEY created this country.

      • JW

        You’re so dense that you can’t tell when people are making a fool out of you. You really are a sad little troll of a man.