Houston's Worst Delinquents for Fines and Fees: An Appraisal

Are you on the list?
Mayor Annise Parker announced today a coming crackdown on the almost $1 billion in fees and fines owed to the City of Houston by various business entities and people.

So pay up if you owe. They're talking about suing, slapping boots on cars, etc.

The city also released a list of the major delinquents in various categories. Among the things we learned:

5. No rental-car driver gives a shit about red-light cameras
Among the owners of cars with the biggest backlog of red-light camera fines: Hertz, Enterprise, Alamo and PV Holding. Also Lashonda Pierce.

4. "Xzvier Conley"
This one worries us. Because our name is Richard Francis Xavier Connelly, and no one ever spells "Connelly" correctly (to be fair, they do usually ace the "Xavier" part), and we have a teenaged son whose nuanced understanding of parking regulations doesn't always comport with The Man's. Still, we'd be hard-pressed to see him coming up with $11,115 in tickets and fines in only a couple years of driving. Right? Right?

3. Wu Shu Kung Fu Federation
They owe $5,625 in past due rent for convention facilities, the city says. You wanna go get it from them? Didn't think so.

2. The Houston Symphony Society
The Houston Symphony Society, on the other hand, owes $4,961 in the same type of fees. Surely you can intimidate those dudes.

1. Parking: What Brown Can't Do for You
UPS has almost a thousand parking citations totaling almost $120,000. FedEx? A measly 267 for $22,000. Whether FedEx is more conscientious about parking -- or paying its tickets -- is difficult to determine. Of course, $22K is still a pretty impressive total.

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Since HSS fired 20% of their staff in the last 18 months, surely they can pony up $5K without touching the endowment.


Set Mayor White's house appraisal back at it's original multimillion dollar value and bill him for his FAIR SHARE of taxes...


Is the $1 billion truly older receivables? Over 360 days? Or does it include 30 day, 60 days, etc? Stuff that they expect to collect 95% of? The Mayor said she'd collect 30% of the $1 billion, for a $300 million total. But that's unimpressive if the 60 day receivables are $200 million or something -- you'd expect $300 would be a snap.

Tell me the 360+ day number and how much you'll get by June 30. THAT will impress me.

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