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Two Dc Council Members Seek Stronger Enforcement on Those Owing Taxes and Fines

WASHINGTON – Prepare to pay up. That is what two members of the D.C. Council are saying to those who owe D.C. back taxes and fines.

Some D.C. leaders were angered as they watched Monday night’s report on a District man who owes the city over $17 million in back taxes.

“It was unbelievable,” said D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown.

He made several calls Tuesday morning to find out why it took so long for the city’s Office of Tax and Revenue to pursue this case.

Council Member Mary Cheh is also moving forward with legislation that would form a team to collect millions of dollars in unpaid fines.

“They should start writing checks,” said Cheh, when FOX 5 asked her about those who have refused to pay D.C. fines.

Under Cheh’s plan, the debt collectors will go after unpaid fines, not only in D.C., but also will be authorized to collect fines from people living in other jurisdictions. This includes parking tickets and code enforcement violations.

Cheh’s bill was tabled at a meeting on Tuesday, but she hopes to have a full discussion and vote at the next council meeting.

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