The Quincy Finance Committee recommended that the City Council approve entering an intergovernmental agreement with the state of Illinois comptroller’s office for the Local Debt Recovery Program during a brief meeting on Monday.
If someone owes money to the city, the state’s comptroller’s office would reduce any state checks, such as a tax refund, vendor payments or lottery winning and give it to the city. The program was in legislation signed into law in December 2011.
City Treasurer Peggy Crim said the city would only use the program after the city has used all of its options. She said it could be used for nuisance abatements.
“If you don’t pay your bill, you get a statement from me saying you owe still us money,” she said. “Then you get a letter from me telling you if you don’t pay your bill, we’re going to turn it over to the attorneys. After that we turn it over to the attorneys, but even then sometimes it can’t be collected.”
People would receive notice from the state if they will be docked. People will also have 60 days to protest the deduction.
The committee also forwarded an agreement to cede approximately 2.8 acres of city-owned land to Quincy University. The university asked for approximately 1.2 acres to use for its new soccer complex, but the city is including an 1.6-acre parcel with a pond.
In exchange for the land, QU will mow about 2.3 acres of city-owned land next to North Campus for 10 years in exchange for the land.
QU originally offered to mow for five years, but the the committee asked if the university would agree to mow for an additional five years.