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Mar 11, 2014 7:38 AM by AP

Walker approves hiring collection agency

WALKER, La. (AP) - The Walker City Council has agreed to enlist a national debt recovery organization to help officials collect outstanding debts owed to the city.

The Advocate reports the council unanimously approved a resolution Monday to bring on American Municipal Services, of Carrollton, Texas, to collect debts owed for items such as unpaid court costs and utility bills.

A memo from Mayor Rick Ramsey to council members says American Municipal Services won't charge the city anything for its services.

Instead, the company will charge anyone with outstanding debts an additional fee on top of any fines owed to the city.

That fee won't exceed 30 percent of the fees a person owes to the city.

Ramsey says the city is owed upward of $750,000 in outstanding court fees.

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