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Connecticut town hires collection agency

Mar 02, 2011 Kyle Duncan

A town in Connecticut recently announced that it would be hiring a professional debt collection group in order to recoup some of the funds it is owed. The Post-Chronicle reports that Hamden Mayor Scott D. Jackson and tax collector Barbara Tito announced recently that the town had signed a contract with American National Recovery Group to help it get back taxes owed. The plan, which was approved by the legislature, was originally recommended by the tax collector and the administrator during the last budget cycle. "By working with an outside contractor, the town is dedicating additional resources to the collection of unpaid taxes, which will result in additional revenue," Mayor Jackson told the paper. "While the town has outstanding collection rates from our tax office, certain back taxes become very challenging to collect, especially if people... have moved out of town." A town in Idaho recently took similar action to collect money. The Idaho Mountain Express reports that the town of Ketchum hired a debt collection agency to go after $109,000 it is owed.