The Village of Godfrey is hoping to collect more of the money it's owed thanks to a program run by the Illinois Comptroller's Office. The Local Debt Recovery Program authorizes Illinois municipalities, school districts, and public universities to enter into intergovernmental agreements with the state comptroller’s office to collect delinquent debts.
Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick says the program will save taxpayers in the long run by having the state collect outstanding debts.
According to the law, the municipality will notify the state comptroller of delinquent debt the municipality wants the state to collect. The state comptroller will then deduct the money from the debtor's state income tax refund, payroll check, or other state payment the amount due to the municipality for the local debt. If the deduction is not successfully contested within 60 days, the comptroller will pay the collected debt amount to the municipality, minus an administrative fee.