Timmins looks to write off $329K in uncollectible fines
City council in Timmins is being asked to write off more than $329,000 in Provincial Offences Act fines that have been deemed uncollectable, mainly liquor and trespassing offences. (File)
SUDBURY -- City council in Timmins is being asked to write off more than $329,000 in Provincial Offences Act fines.
At their regular meeting Tuesday, councillors will review a report that says after years of trying, it's time for the city to write off the debts.
The uncollectable fines break down into two categories: trespassing and Liquor Licence Act violations.
"The portion of the fines issued under the Liquor Licence Act represents 92 per cent of the write off total … and range between the years of 2000 to 2009," says the staff report on the issue. "The total amount is $304, 165.65."
The remaining $25,000 are trespassing violations, and unlike parking tickets, both types of fines are hard to collect.
While there is a full-time collection agency working to clear unpaid fines, the report said these types of fines are particularly hard to collect "due to many individuals who have been charged not maintaining a fixed address."
"We do not look to write off Provincial Offences fines that are attached to a driver's licence or plate number as these types of fines can be collected at the time of their driver's licence or plate renewal," the report said.