State Auditor’s Office still collecting court assessments
ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — On March 24, the State Auditor’s Office reported that several cities and counties were delinquent in remitting assessments to the state. Since March, the State Auditor’s Office has collected more than $1.7 million.
By law, these assessments must be remitted to the state monthly.
When the State Auditor’s Office discovered this problem, some local governments were years behind.
“Although we have collected over $1.7 million so far this year, I estimate $461,000 remains outstanding and left to be collected from approximately nine municipalities,” said State Auditor Stacey Pickering. “It is critical that these assessments be paid to the state on time each month. There are several agencies that depend on these funds, including our Board on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Training, which pays for all basic law enforcement training.”
Court assessments include traffic citations written by law enforcement entities across the state. When citations are issued, the fines and court assessments are paid to the city or county government. Once paid, the local government entity is required to remit the assessments collected on behalf of the State of Mississippi to the State.
“The State Auditor’s Office continues to work with the Department of Finance and Administration to establish a better notification process to entities that are over 60 days delinquent on settling their state assessments,” said Pickering.
Cities on the list include Como, Durant, Moss Point, Okolona, Picayune, Tchula, Tutwiler, Vaiden and West Point.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Top Posts & Pages
- Canadian company purchasing Southern Lumber for nearly $50M
- Winchester lands $50M ammunition contract from Homeland Security
- Lawmakers question education leaders about escalating administrative costs
- Deer processors need to use caution to insure safe, tasty venison
- Peavey Electronics reorganizing under new globalization plan
- Pearl ordering rental properties to retrofit with sprinklers, build storm shelters
- C Spire completes acquisition of MegaGate Broadband
- Columbia Parachute expanding, relocating to BusinessPlex
- Tourism conference being held on Coast; industry to ask state for more money