A state audit finds an amnesty program aimed at getting motorists to cough up the cash they owed for Crescent City Connection toll violations cost Louisiana almost $225,000 more than it brought in.
The state Legislative Auditor's report, which examined how funds from the CCC tolls have been used since the tolls ended last year, also found nearly $6.6 million remained unclaimed in an account set up to refund money to motorists who used Geaux Pass toll tags at the end of December.
In Louisiana, 36 nongovernmental organizations or NGOs have until the end of the month to file progress reports with the state or risk being sued by the new Office of Debt Recovery for the collection of almost $4.5 million dollars. State Treasurer John Kennedy said his department has reached out to the organizations in numerous ways, and recently mailed final demand letters. He said he doesn’t agree with the State Legislature doling out money to NGOs in the first place.
More than $2.5 million in unclaimed state income tax refunds are scheduled to be deposited into the state treasury on Friday.
The Advocate reports the money will become unclaimed property, joining more than $500 million in paychecks, apartment deposits, gift certificates, mutual funds and stocks as well as oil and gas royalties currently held by state government because no one has stepped forward to claim them.
Of the 7,462 taxpayers notified by mail about their uncashed checks, 2,173 responded and claimed $1.7 million.