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Shrewsbury fails to collect unpaid fines, now has six figure deficit

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(KMOV) – The city of Shrewsbury has a more than $100,000 deficit and city leaders are partly to blame for failing to collect $260,000 in unpaid fines.

An audit revealed that Shrewsbury’s municipal court found that the city failed to collect $263,000 in fines, and that its court records are in disarray.

The city’s mayor avoided did not take questions regarding this situation.

When Shrewsbury police officers write speeding tickets, many are going unpaid and the city’s failing to collect the money to pay its bills.

The audit found that this is a chronic problem; 78 percent of the unpaid fines are more than 120 days past due.

Employees at other municipal courts say they are stunned by the numbers.

Alderwoman Dee Weicher also says she was shocked and that she has a lot of questions that need to be answered.

No decisions have been made on how to collect all the money owed, but some smaller cities have resorted to hiring collection agencies.

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