City of New Albany trying to collect court fines

April 12, 2019

Posted: Apr 12, 2019 6:29 PM
Updated: Apr 15, 2019 9:32 AM

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albany city administrators are trying to put a stop to what the mayor calls "the oldest trick in the book" when it comes to paying justice court fines. wayne hereford is standing by live in new albany with how they say some are trying to fight city hall. that's right. new albany mayor tim kent says that the city's justice court has a back log of old fines to the tune of about 300- thousand dollars worth. do the time." the mayor tim kent says people who are found guilty of misdemeanors? have a right to appeal the decision to circuit court which usually means the fine does not get paid because of a back log of cases. now he says the city has asked the city prosecuting attorney to work on cleaning up those cases and collect on some of the old fines. so far, he says that appears to be working as the city is paying the prosecutor a little extra money to tackle the problem. take sot "most of the time when you can get attention pointed to them they will go ahead and settle the case. if they know they can leave it out there suspended they are not going to make an effort to settle the case...we are going to end the case one way or another." one woman we talked to said its just best to go ahead and pay. "i was guilty dui .speeding. i got caught. i'm here. you do the crime do your time." the mayor says that so far the city prosecutor has been able to collect on about 75-percent of the cases. reporting live in new albany wayne hereford wtva nine news. a man is in custody
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