State program to help Valley View collect delinquent student fees
The Valley View School District 365U Board of Education has approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Illinois Office of the Comptroller to access and participate in the state’s Local Debt Recovery Program.
TheLocal Debt Recovery Program allows units of local government to collect outstanding debt less than seven years old and greater than $10 in coordination with the Illinois Comptroller’s Office. Debtor records are stored on the state database until a payment, such as a state income tax refund, state employee wages or lottery winnings, is made to that debtor, at which time the state takes an offset of the payout to pay outstanding debt recovery requests.
Currently, roughly 3,700 former Valley View students owe the district more than $399,000, according to a press release.
The program begins with Valley View sending its delinquent payment records to the state. They will be matched against the state’s database to see if the debtors are scheduled to receive any cash back from the state. Once identified, debtors will be notified in writing that money is being withheld by the state to pay their outstanding debt to a local governmental agency. Debtors have 60 days to contest the claim after which time the state will determine whether to send the money to Valley View School District 365-U.
The program won’t cost the school district anything. Parents or guardians responsible for the debt will be charged a $15 fee by the state.
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