Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 101010
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File Number: 101010 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-628-10 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: OUTSTANDING DEBTS AND LIENS Introduced: 4/21/2010
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 6/3/2010
Agenda Date: 6/3/2010 Agenda Item Number: 11A4
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO PREPARE A REPORT CONCERNING THE PROPER METHODS AND MEANS BY WHICH THE COUNTY CAN PURSUE MONEY FROM OUTSTANDING DEBTS AND LIENS OWED TO THE COUNTY INCLUDING ALL POSSIBLE METHODS OF COLLECTION SUCH AS LAWSUITS, FORECLOSURE AND OTHER AVAILABLE COLLECTION METHODS; TO EXPLORE POSSIBILITY OF HAVING THE CREDIT AND COLLECTIONS SECTION OF THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT CONTROL, DIRECT AND/OR OVERSEE ALL COLLECTIONS COUNTYWIDE; TO EXPLORE THE POLICY OF IMPOSING A FEE TO RECOVER THE COST OF COLLECTION EFFORTS ON EACH DEBT COLLECTED
Indexes: DEBT
Sponsors: Joe A. Martinez, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Prime Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 6/3/2010 11A4 Adopted P
REPORT: Commissioners Heyman and Souto asked to be added as co-sponsors.

Budget, Planning and Sustainability Committee 5/11/2010 2I Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Jess McCarty read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Assistant County Attorney McCarty advised that a scrivener’s error existed and should be corrected to change “Mayor” to “Mayor or designee” throughout this proposed resolution. Hearing no other questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 4/22/2010 Referred Budget, Planning and Sustainability Committee 5/11/2010

County Attorney 4/22/2010 Assigned Thomas H. Robertson 4/25/2010

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR MAYORíS DESIGNEE TO PREPARE A REPORT CONCERNING THE PROPER METHODS AND MEANS BY WHICH THE COUNTY CAN PURSUE MONEY FROM OUTSTANDING DEBTS AND LIENS OWED TO THE COUNTY INCLUDING ALL POSSIBLE METHODS OF COLLECTION SUCH AS LAWSUITS, FORECLOSURE AND OTHER AVAILABLE COLLECTION METHODS; TO EXPLORE POSSIBILITY OF HAVING THE CREDIT AND COLLECTIONS SECTION OF THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT CONTROL, DIRECT AND/OR OVERSEE ALL COLLECTIONS COUNTYWIDE; TO EXPLORE THE POLICY OF IMPOSING A FEE TO RECOVER THE COST OF COLLECTION EFFORTS ON EACH DEBT COLLECTED

BODY
WHEREAS, throughout the various departments of the County there are significant sums of money that are owed to the County in the form of debt for services provided, code enforcement liens and/or outstanding debts; and
WHEREAS, the efficient collection of these outstanding debts is in the best interest of the County to help alleviate the current fiscal difficulties facing the County; and
WHEREAS, Finance Departmentís Credit and Collections Section currently uses in-house staff and limited outsourcing to effectively and efficiently collect debts for some of the departments of the County; and
WHEREAS, the Credit and Collections Section has collected in excess of twelve million dollars ($12,000,000) per year on average for the past 4 years while not collecting for all departments; and
WHEREAS, the experience and expertise of this section in the collection of debts should be used to the benefit of all County departments; and
WHEREAS, a comprehensive debt collection policy and program can lead to the efficient collection of outstanding debts within Miami-Dade County and increase revenues that are available to the County,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the County Mayor or Mayorís designee is hereby directed to prepare a report for presentation to this Board of County Commissioners which report shall investigate all methods available to the County to recover on debts owed to the County including but not limited to debt collection method, lawsuit and/or foreclosure on outstanding liens. This report shall investigate the possibility of having the Credit and Collections Section of the Finance Department take over and/or review and/or oversee all collections countywide. The report shall also investigate the possibility of imposing a fee on each debt collected to pay for the cost of the credit collection efforts. This report should be returned to this Board of County Commissioners within thirty (30) days of the date of this Resolution.



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