The Great Texas Warrant Round-Up begins today through March 4, which can haunt unexpected citizens who carry outstanding debts to the city of Abilene by arresting them at home or work.
This is the way the local city in Texas handles their debts, one warrant at a time, and a round-up of citizens that look surprising as the livestock on some of the town’s farms.
Thousands of defendants have not paid their outstanding debts, which include traffic, parking, city ordinance and penal code violations, or even higher charges.
Officials say Abilene city marshals will begin making arrests Monday.
The city estimates more than 6,500 people who have outstanding warrants for arrest were mailed notices they could be subject to apprehension.
“Warrant roundup is a time that we draw attention to the fact that people need to take care of their responsibilities with the Municipal Court,” said Melissa Strickland, Abilene Municipal Court administrator.
“If you have an active warrant, you can be arrested at any time,” she said.
People who want to resolve their debt can call Abilene Municipal Court at 325-676-6333 or go to the court, on the east side of City Hall, 555 Walnut St. People also can call the court or appear in person to set up payment arrangements with a financial officer.
The court is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, but debts can be paid online any time at www.abilenetx.com. The website also has the list of people with active warrants.
The 2011 roundup helped in the collection of more than $427,000 in fines and fees. A total of 789 warrants were cleared.