Through July 29, Milwaukie's municipal court is offering an amnesty program to forgive 50% of fines owed by people who have been convicted in traffic tickets, parking infractions or violations of marijuana laws.
Milwaukie officials hope the program will provide relief to qualified individuals who face significant cost barriers to paying their outstanding court fines. The program is intended to reinstate driver's licenses and generate a means for the city to decrease its number of outstanding uncollectible accounts.
People who have received fines that have been in collections for more than two years are eligible through the program as long as their fines are in a nonjudgment status with the collection agency.
To be eligible for amnesty, violators must pay off half of their total balance due, which consists of the fine as adjudicated by the municipal court judge and any interest as established by the collection agency. Reductions will not be given, and Milwaukie's municipal court is not accepting payment plans.
Last year's three-month program had a participation rate of 5% on the total number of unpaid citations, resulting in people closing accounts on 151 traffic citations and five parking citations. Total revenue collected from the program in 2021 was $66,422.18. Participation in the initial 2020 pilot program was 3%, resulting in revenue of $29,981. No one resolved marijuana citations during either of the first two years of the program, out of the approximately 100 unpaid marijuana citations in Milwaukie.
Amnesty payments are being accepted by cash, money order, cashier's check or credit card (no personal checks) to Valley Credit Service by calling 800-452-0317 or visiting valley-creditservice.com.
If applicable, driver license reinstatements will be sent to the Oregon DMV after the city receives notice from the collection agency that payment has been received. For questions or more information, contact the city's finance department at 503-786-7555.
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