In total, the court is owed $2.09 million since 2012. In 2017, Municipal Court collected $599,763 with $401,793 unpaid as of Jan. 6. The court collected $341,203 last year with $743,901 uncollected for 2018 as of Jan. 6.
City Attorney Elizabeth Krueger said she felt the collection amounts were “consistent with prior years,” and pointed to the city joining the Wisconsin Department of Revenue’s Debt Collection Initiative to offset collection costs and secure payments.
Beloit Police Chief David Zibolski said the city was walking a fine line between changing behavior through fines and citations, and being realistic about understanding not everyone will pay owed costs to the city. The city recently enrolled in a program that allows the collection of fines from out of state persons, something not available until it was implemented late last year.