Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Those people with outstanding traffic tickets or misdemeanor fines have a chance to get their debt paid off without having to pay collection fees and interest, thanks to an amnesty period being offered by the Yakima County District Court.
Yakima County District Court officials recently announced that from Oct. 1 - Oct. 31, those with outstanding traffic tickets and misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor fines will be offered amnesty. The court and its collection agencies have agreed to waive interest and a significant portion of collection costs in delinquent accounts currently in collection. Although collection costs and interest fees will be waived, the fines must still be paid in full.
Court officials note that by taking care of outstanding tickets and fines during the amnesty period people can avoid future mounting collection fees and civil actions, such as garnishments and property liens.
Those who have outstanding tickets and fines can contact their collection agency directly to pay off their balance.
Other courts participating in the amnesty period are Yakima, Wapato, Union Gap, Toppenish and Upper Kittitas municipal courts.