Workers at Macon's Municipal Court have been working overtime and a lot of it.
Tuesday night Macon City Council approved $39-thousand of overtime pay for two assistants in the municipal court. Two years ago, the department lost two positions because of overall cuts to the city's budget and now the court is overwhelmed by the workload and in need of more employees.
Councilman Rick Hutto says after an internal audit revealed concrete evidence of more workers,the appropriations committee will look to fill those positions soon.
"If that department which is actually revenue producing because it brings in payments from tickets and everything, if they're backed up then that means the revenue is back up. And obviously we need the revenue," said Hutto.
Hutto says the $39-thousand the city paid in overtime almost equals the cost of two employees for the municipal court.
Macon Debt Collection:
Macon will use an outside company to collect its debts; that's after city council voted Tuesday to contract with NCO Financial Services to seek owed money.
Councilman Tom Ellington says the city doesn't have the resources to track down some of these debts and the company will go after money that is long over due.
"I think the alternative is for us to keep 100% of nothing on the debts that we're talking about, referring to this company. These aren't the easy cases. These are the ones that are tremendously overdue. That probably wouldn't be collectable otherwise," said Ellington.
NCO will be paid 15.5% of all the money they retain on behalf of the city.