State's Uncollected Fees

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Some state funded-agencies have as much as $1 billion in uncollected fees, fines and penalties for fiscal years 2006 and 2007.

That's according to a survey from the Legislative Budget Board
provided to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Fees drive a significant portion of the state's almost $168 billion for 2008-09 biennium -- allowing local government to keep taxes down.

For $1 billion, the state could fund five of its Top 15 funded agencies, or Jerry Jones could build another football stadium in
Arlington.

According to the survey:
-- One of the agencies -- the Texas Ethics Commission couldn't
collect a third of $1.58 million of fees and penalties it assessed
in fiscal 2007.

-- More than 95 cents of every dollar left uncollected was lost
by publicly funded colleges and universities and public
safety/criminal justice institutions.

Most state agencies turn delinquent customers over to collection
agencies.

A spokesman for the Attorney General's Office said the state has
a warrant hold system that allows Texas to apply money toward debt
from future payments the debtor receives from the state.


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