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Published: Wednesday, 7/2/2003

Municipal court fines up almost 35% from '02

Toledo Municipal Court collected nearly 35 percent more in outstanding fines and court costs last month than in June, 2002, and the clerk of court attributed the increase to a program that blocks people from renewing their driver's licenses or vehicle registrations until the debts are paid.

The court collected $316,340 last month compared to $234,652 in June of last year. Clerk of Court Theresa M. Gabriel said yesterday the increase is a “direct result” of the fine-collection program, which was announced in mid-March.

The program occurred after the court determined it was owed more than $7 million from about 71,000 cases. The program doesn't target people with unpaid parking tickets. The court hopes to collect about $3 million of the $7 million this year.

Lists of outstanding cases are posted at the clerk's office and on the web site www.tmc-clerk.com.

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