El Paso, Texas (KDBC) — Hundreds of El Pasoans may encounter a big road block the next time they try to renew their vehicle registration. The county has expanded its scofflaw program which means if you have any unpaid Class A, B, or C misdemeanor fines, you can't register until you pay up.
Previously only outstanding municipal warrants and red light citations could lead to a block on renewals.
"This is part of our effort to collect revenue that is out there in the community that is unpaid to the government, unpaid to the county, so we can try and offset that burden on the property taxpayer," explained County Judge Vernoica Escobar.
"There are approximately 2500 cases out there that have Class A, B, and C misdemeanors and if you collect all those fines that's one million dollars coming into the county," added Victor Flores, the County Tax Assessor Collector.
The county also unveiled a new online epay system to pay outstanding fees.