EDITORIAL: City of McAllen giving some amnesty for unpaid fines

If you have an outstanding traffic ticket or a fine from the City of McAllen, now is your chance to pay it off without an added fee.

Through Nov. 3, the City of McAllen Municipal Court is waiving fines associated with cases where defendants have failed to appear. Amnesty will be offered for cases where the defendant has not previously entered a plea on the failure to appear charge, and only in cases where law enforcement is not “actively looking” for the defendant, the City of McAllen said in a news release last week.

“Offering the failure to appear amnesty is a great way to help bring in individuals who, for whatever reason, did not show up on their appointed court date and are now possibly living in fear of being arrested,” said Municipal Court Judge Kathleen Henley. “The amnesty provides them with an opportunity to pay, or make arrangements to pay their fines, without receiving additional fees.”

We agree. It also should hopefully put much needed money into the city’s coffers.

These coffers are low on revenue, city officials tell us, due to a devalued peso and fewer Mexican nationalist tourists here due to economic and strained border relations between Mexico and the United States right now.

Those seeking amnesty from outstanding fines can do so online at www.mcallen.net, or in person at the City of McAllen Municipal Court, which is located at the McAllen Police Headquarters, 1601 N. Bicentennial Blvd., between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.