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Page 6A MEWS Hays Free Press January 26, 2011 + DPS starts amnesty period for suspended drivers BY BRANDI GRISSOM The Texas Tribune Some of the 1.2 million Texas drivers whose licenses have been suspended be- cause they failed to pay expensive traffic ticket surcharges can catch a big break right now from the Department of Public Safe~ From Jan. 17 until April 17, DPS is offering amnesty to drivers who are in default under the Driver Responsibility Program. The program, which charges drivers with certain traffic violations large annual state in addition to the fines and court costs initially assessed for the ticket, has come under fire from lawmakers in recent yeats because it failed to collect about 60 percent of the fees that were billed, And thousands of Texans lost their licenses because they couldn% or wouldn~, pay the aarluageg Lawmakers ordered DPS to implen~t pro- grams that would help people get tight wi~h the law and get back their license~ "The goal of the amnesty period is to bring drivers into compliance with the surcharge law, and allow them to become licensed and insured drivers," DPS said in a press release today outlining the details of the amnesty plan. You're eligible for amnesty if you had a surcharge assessed between Sept. 30, 2004, and Dec. 31, 2008, and were delinquent on payments. Those who qualify will pay 10 percent of the original amount owed for all surcharges combined - a maximum of $250. You'll still have to pay service fees. And any payments that you already made will be app~ed to the reduced amount. If you'veaLr~dy payed more than the re- duced amount due, you'll be offthe hook. To apply for amnesty go to www.txsur- chargeonline.com or call 1-877-207-3170. DPS isn't accepting requests by mail, e- mail or fa~ Brandi Grissom writes for The Texas 1~ri- bune where this was originally published. It is reprinted here through a news part- nership between the Tribune and the Hays Free Press. Station 122 Buda 295-9444 Open Everyday 295-6008 Fuelberg Co-op Danmggs,, Continued from pg. 1A u , The bulk of the requested restitution comes from about $4.1 million in attorneys' fees related to the criminal investi- gation and to the member-led civil lawsuit which exposed to a flood of revelations about management practices in the previously secretive co-op. PEC wants Fuelberg to re- turn the $716,000 related to the criminal charges of theft and misapplication of fiducia- ry duty, and also wants to re- coup $1.4 million in incentive payments that it paid Fuel- berg in 2007 and 2008, shortly before he was forced to resign after three decades as general manager. The filing notes that PEC continues to pay Fuel- berg pension and retirement benefits. "Given the constraints of federal law as to defined ben- efit and retirement plans, PEC likely has no ready or certain means to limit this obliga- tion," attorneys noted. PEC is also seeking about $9G0,000 related to the foren- sic investigation of the co-op by Navigsnt consulting com- pany. Co-op leaders say Navi- gent estimates that about one- third of the $2.9 million audit price tag was "attributable to investigate costs stemming from [the] Defendant's con- SUPPLIES NEEDED THIS WEEK: cat htter, laundry detergent, paper towels, heartworm preventative and premium dog food. Thank you!! duct." The co-op is claiming $1 million in lost interest related to funds from Texland, a se- ~'etive venture to build power get-,rating plants. In 2008, the co-op discovered $565,000 in Texlaad funds that had been sitting in a ing account for more than two decades. Additionally, asking for restitution to the $380,000 that and two other former PEC of- ficials admitted that they paid themselves., froj~ the secret Texland account at some point in the 1980s; the co-op has no record that board l~embers knew of or approved r.he pay- ment. PEC officials say they hope to receive the restitution to recoup financial damaged caused by Fuelberg and avoid a costly civil lawsuit in the fu- ture. Nar~ P.=m~ Nm~ Sp=vaw ~ 8e aae~ a ~evet ~'ae ~lx~t~a~ fete ~ ~ that wlHove him for ~ he is. , come to lhe shelter and adopt m~ 500 FM 150 E, Kyle, 13(, 512 t611"- Please visit lter, org ~M anlmmom fully vaccinati~ spayl~, ~c~ped ar~ dewom",ecL Pets of the Week sponsored by [ the call of the open road. Automobile Loans New Vehicles Refinance or Used 66 Months Vehicles to 60 Months Commercial Real Estate Loans 20 Year Amortization 5 Year Fixed Rate 7 Year Fixed Rate "Mktbnum Deposit of $95,000 Required 12 Months 24 Months Minimum Daily Balance of $2,000 Required $75,000 to $124,999 $125,000 and Above /Wwl I=~n~ntop Rm, AI ram ue mlXemd'u k~w eW'./Acml mm mw vsydopettMg on mdlt ~. ~ ~ = 1= ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ a ~ = ~ ~ Io dlan~.,d~mut noe~. AuMJn Tek:o Federal Credit Union, I= ~ Inmm~d to g ~I ~:),00010or memb~ bylfle Nali0ml Credit ~ ~. / + ===