• Ohio Attorney General Announces Debt Collection Program for Local Governments
  • February 7, 2012 | Author: Heather R. Baldwin Vlasuk
  • Law Firm: Walter & Haverfield LLP - Cleveland Office
  • Last week the Ohio Attorney General's Office announced its new Local Government Collections Services Program which can help local governments collect debts owed to them under new revisions to State law.

    According to Attorney General Mike DeWine, "The Local Government Collections Services Program will allow local governments across Ohio to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Attorney General's Office to collect debt they are owed. The debt must be final and greater than $100. Examples of debt that can be collected under the program include statutory fines and court costs."

    Debts can be collected through the program by methods such as offsetting a debtor's state tax refund or lottery winnings. The cost of the program is to be borne by collection costs passed on to the debtor, not by the local governments.

    Local governments are encouraged to contact the Ohio Attorney General's Collection Enforcement Section for more information.