TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Residents in Tupelo may have to say goodbye to their income tax check if they have outstanding fines owed to the city.
The City of Tupelo has hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid fines.
The proposed policy will make it possible for the city to use income tax returns to pay outstanding fines to the city, like court fees.
The city is considering it as an option to get back some of the money it’s owed. City Attorney Ben Logan said this option is a last resort. He said the unpaid fines date back to 2005.
He said the Tupelo City Council may vote on the proposal at the next work session.
If the proposal goes into effect, residents can contest the lien. They can request a hearing, in writing, within 30 days of receiving notification of the lien. They appeal to the Circuit Court.
A payment plan can be set up or they can choose to work in the work program.
The money goes back to the city, and some go to the Mississippi Assessment Program.