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03.08.07

Warrant Round Up Money

Millions of dollars coming in, thousands of warrants cleared.
   The statewide warrant round up is proving to be successful so far and we continue to update you on its progress.
   Locally, nearly $8,000 has been collected. 
   In Amarillo, more than 2,200 warrants totalling more than $620,000 have been cleared.
  Close to 600 warrants in Randall County have also been taken care of, which adds up to more than $138,000 dollars.
   Now, if you have not taken care of your outstanding warrant, you need to do so immediately.
   Police are continuing to arrest those who have not. With all that money coming in to Randall County and the City of Amarillo, we wanted to find out where it's going. 
  NewsChannel 10's Felicia Lafuente has the answer.
   Only a portion of the money collected from the warrant round up goes to each department, but what they do get helps out with their funding. 
 "About 30-35% locally and the rest sent down to the state," says Dean Stanzione, Director of Judicial Enforcement for Randall County.
   "Right now the way it stands on the average 35% of whatever we collect goes to the state of Texas and the other 65% go to the City of Amarillo," says Victoria Medley, Municipal Courts Clerk for the City of Amarillo.
  The money collected then goes to their general fund, which can help with a variety of things in those departments.
   "Ones that are mainly retained locally the records management security, court house security fees, the processing fees for the sheriff's office that goes to them for processing, issuing the warrants and fines and court appointed attorney fees that are accessed," says Stanzione.   "You know there's an awful a lot of manpower from a clerk having to get it ready to a police officer having to sign it, a judge having to sign it, then getting it out to get served so it all gets back to the city coffers," says Medley.
   And they say the warrant round up is helping them out this year to collect money they may have never seen.
   "It serves the public, it serves obviously the court in that we don't have to keep focusing on all these old warrants and then the public does not have to worry about it outstanding," says Medley.
   Both departments added any funding they can get helps out the departments especially with their budgets.

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