LEAGUE CITY — League City is looking to collect almost $1 million in outstanding fines and fees by flagging vehicles belonging to residents who have outstanding warrants.

The League City Municipal Court is beginning the new Scofflaw Program in July that will utilize the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Registration and Titling System. Vehicles belonging to individuals who have outstanding municipal warrants for failure to appear or have failed to pay fines associated with traffic violations will be flagged, the city said.

“Those individuals will not be permitted to renew vehicle registration with the Galveston County Tax Office until payment arrangements have been made,” the city said in a news release.

Galveston County residents owe about $993,000 due to outstanding warrants and fines, said the city’s spokeswoman, Kristi Wyatt.

The state’s transportation code also allows the city to impose a $20 fee on anyone with an outstanding warrant who is not allowed to register a vehicle under the program. That fee will be used to reimburse the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and Galveston County for expenses related to the project, the city said.

“It is in the best interest of the citizens of League City to increase the collection of fines owed to the municipal court,” City Manager Mike Loftin said in the news release.

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or chris.gonzalez@galvnews.com.

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