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File #: 21-520    Version: 1
Type: Consent Agenda Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/20/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 9/28/2021 Final action:
Title: Consider approving a professional services agreement for collection services between the City of Lawton and Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Colling & Mott, L.L.P.; and authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the agreement.
Attachments: 1. Professional Services Agreement - FINAL, 2. 2021 Informative Packet Perdue
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Consider approving a professional services agreement for collection services between the City of Lawton and Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Colling & Mott, L.L.P.; and authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the agreement.
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INITIATOR: Kristin Huntley, Interim Finance Director; Jillian Allison, Municipal Court Director

STAFF INFORMATION SOURCE: Kristin Huntley, Interim Finance Director; Jillian Allison, Municipal Court Director; Kelea Fisher, Deputy City Attorney

BACKGROUND: Title 11 Oklahoma Statutes Section 22-138 authorizes the governing body of a municipality to enter into a contract with a collection agency for the provision of collection services for debts and accounts receivable including, but not limited to, unpaid fees, penalties, interest, and other sums due the municipality. Said statute further authorizes the municipality to enter into a contract for the provision of collection services for court penalties, costs, fines and fees in cases in municipal court in which the accused has failed to appear or otherwise failed to satisfy a monetary obligation ordered by the court. The statute further provides that the collection fee charged by the collection agency may be in an amount not to exceed thirty-five percent (35%).

The utility services division currently estimates that the City has over two-hundred thousand dollars ($200,000.00) in outstanding, unpaid utility bills. In late 2019, the municipal court had an estimated eleven million dollars ($11,000,000.00) in outstanding, unpaid court penalties, costs, fines and fees. Staff desires to enter into a professional services agreement with Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Colling & Mott, L.L.P. to provide collection services as authorized by statute. The proposed collection fees (to be collected by Perdue in addition to the outstanding debt owed to the City) will be thirty-five percent (35%) for unpaid utility bills and thirty-percent (30%) for unpaid court related debts. Perdue provid...

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