HUTTO, Texas (KXAN) — People in Hutto owe the public library more than $2,000 in late fees.
Those fines are often hard to collect, and they keep people away. That’s why the city has come up with a way to forgive those debts.
Library manager Lisa Riggs is bringing back a program she started three years ago called Food for Fines. The premise is simple: the library will forgive a fine if someone donates food or another item to the Hutto Resource Center Food Pantry.
“Each item they bring in equals a dollar, and it will pay off their fines,” Riggs explained.
She said this effort has previously put a dent in the debts.
“Last year we had a great year,” Riggs said. “We forgave $379 worth of fines, and we raised 317 pounds of food for our local food pantry.”
In this particular situation, she said the city does not mind not getting back the money people owe for late fees.
“I’s okay because we’re providing for the community,” Riggs said. “Hutto has heart. We look out for one another in this community, and this is a great way to do that.”
The Hutto Public Library’s Food for Fines program will run from June to July. The library will post what items are most needed at the food pantry soon.