Springfield slashes fines

Springfield residents can get their outstanding fines to the city reduced by up to 50 percent.

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In an effort to ease the nearly $10 million in unpaid fines to the city, Springfield is offering to slash interest on outstanding fines and cut the owed amount down by nearly 50 percent now through July 2010.

The city has approximately 27,000 outstanding cases that date from 1987 to 2007, worth a whopping $9.9 million, said Chris Watson of Professional Credit Service of Springfield, the agency that handles collections for the court…

But making money isn’t the goal, said Springfield Municipal Court Judge James Strickland. The idea is to help people who, due to their unpaid fines, cannot legally drive.

Read the full story at the Register-Guard.

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