Wood River residents who have forgotten about or skipped out on an unpaid bill will soon have their debts settled without ever touching the money themselves. The Wood River City Council unanimously passed a resolution last night allowing the city to pursue the Illinois comptroller’s local debt recovery program. The program will allow the village to recoup fees from residents’ state income tax refunds, payroll check, or other state payment.
The debt recovery program is going to be used to collect debts owed the city, according to Finance Director Nancy Schneider.
The number of municipalities and community colleges enrolled in the Local Debt Recovery program continue to grow, according to the Illinois Comptroller’s office. Alton recently passed legislation to join the program, and Godfrey did so in April. Before the meeting, Mayor Fred Ufert (pictured, left) presented Harry Gallatin (pictured, right), a Wood River native, with a sign that will be placed in town recognizing the NBA Hall of Famer.