Help keep Racine's neighborhoods safe.
Why Should I Help Recover $6,000,000?
After an in-depth audit of unpaid fines and outstanding warrants, the warrant reduction initiative was developed to increase public safety and promote fiscal stability. Each year during peak summer months, the demand for police services rises significantly. The propensity for street-level violence also increases during this time of year. To maintain order and public safety as the demand for police services increases, special assignments and extra patrols are often deployed during peak months. The extra effort, however, comes at a premium, as overtime is often required to address the higher seasonal call-for-service volume.
To maximize the efficiency of local police resources, we are placing greater emphasis on recovering the large backlog of unpaid fines and forfeitures. As delinquent fines are recovered, funds will be funneled back into local initiatives as needed to enhance public safety and promote fiscal stability.
How Can I Help?
All city residents are encouraged to review these warrant records and help keep public safety costs in line by notifying friends, relatives, and acquaintances of unpaid fines. Information leading to the arrest of individuals with more serious warrants are eligible for reward through Crime Stoppers of Racine County (by calling 888-636-9330). Through placing financial responsibility and accountability on the appropriate individuals, government officials will avoid the need to pass this expense on to law-abiding citizens.
What is the Tax Refund Intercept Program
Through current provisions in the tax code, various forms of debt and delinquent fines can be seized through the Wisconsin Tax Refund Intercept Program (TRIP). As of January 2, 2008, the names of all citizens with eligible outstanding debt will be submitted to the State of Wisconsin Internal Revenue Service.
In the event you have unpaid fines or forfeitures through the City of Racine or other state municipalities, your refund may be significantly delayed, or absorbed outright, subject to the amount of the fine(s) and refund due.
Thank you for your help and support.