The new bill, proposed by Councilman Ben Kallos, would allow agencies to set rules about yanking a business' license for not paying its fines.
Businesses could lose their licenses for racking up big bucks in unpaid fines under legislation passed Thursday by the City Council.
The city has more than $1.6 million in debt it’s never collected for quality of life violations like having trash on the sidewalk or making excessive noise — but under the bill, the Environmental Control Board will have to inform businesses that failure to pay could lead to the denial or revocation of their license.
Individual agencies will set rules on when to actually yank a license.
“Until now, a 311 complaint might result in a violation but those violations were rarely collected,” said Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan), the sponsor. “Bad neighbors will have to improve their behavior.”
Another bill will create a 90-day amnesty period, during which fine scofflaws can resolve their debt by paying 75% of the penalties they owe, and interest will be waived.