City of Santa Fe uses debt collection service to collect owed funds

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE)- The city of Santa Fe says it will no longer go easy on people who owe money to the city.

“I consider this money, that it’s fair to collect this. It’s owed to us and it’s the right thing for the city to do,” said Signe Lindell, City Councilor District One.

With a $15 million deficit, the city of Santa Fe is in talks with a Colorado-based company to begin collecting debt.

The money will come from people with outstanding parking tickets or people who haven’t paid their water bills and ambulance bills.

Lindell has spearheaded the effort.

“To ignore it and to not collect these monies is irresponsible of us,” she explains.

Lindell says $6.9 million could be collected.

She expects the collection company to be professional and not overly aggressive. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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