A Louisiana town approved hiring collection agency American Municipal Service to pursue an estimated $750,000 in debts including unpaid court costs and utility bills. Some of the debt is up to 15 years old.

American Municipal Services, based in Carrollton, Texas, will charge people who owe delinquent fines to the city of Walker, La., a fee not exceeding 30 percent of what they owe. A memo from Walker Mayor Rick Ramsey to city council members pointed out that the agency will not charge the city anything for its services.

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