District hires collection agency for unpaid fines

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The District of Squamish has hired a collection agency to collect outstanding fines of $136,000.

Outstanding regulatory fines are for the last two years, from June 2020 to May 2022. Regulatory fines can only be collected within two years of the issuance of the fine. A fine unpaid for more than two years is a loss of revenue for the District.

At the July 26 full committee meeting, district officials told the council that they had hired General Credit Services Inc. to provide collection services. Frank Rawlings, director of animal control and enforcement, told the board that the bylaws department’s approach to collection is voluntary compliance.

However, when voluntary compliance is not achieved, the district will go the route of collections.

The agency hired by the district, General Credit Services Inc., offers collection service on a “no collection, no charge” basis. This means that it only charges fees on the dollars it successfully recovers.

The collection agency will charge a commission rate of 10.5% on behalf of the district, plus applicable taxes. However, before a particular case is submitted for collection, the District will continue to perform its internal collection process which is focused on voluntary compliance.

If the ticket is not paid within 14 days or the fine is not disputed, the District will charge a 10% late fee on the ticket. If the fine is not paid in full, recovery proceedings may begin.

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