Court collection efforts reported during council meeting
The Bellaire City Council has released a report on the progress of its court collections efforts.
Council members received the report at their regular meeting on May 27. At that session, Michael Darlow, partner with Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott LLP, provided details on his firm's municipal court collection results on behalf of the City of Bellaire.
Darlow indicated that since he last reported to the council in October, his firm had collected approximately $142,000 in cash for the city.
According to a news release, the firm has collected more than $611,000 since it was hired by the city. Darlow said that approximately 19 percent of the cases have been cleared, almost 5,000 addresses have been corrected, 7,600 letters have been mailed and 1,322 persons have been contacted.
The report noted that the majority of the people owing money to the city did not live in the 77401 zip code. Of those who did, the largest amount owed by an individual was $1,254, and the smallest was $247.
The person owing the most to the city was an individual with outstanding traffic fines and warrants amounting to $4,090.
Following questions of Darlow related to his report, action was taken by the council to accept the report into the record.
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