South Dakota collects $3.3 million in first year of debt collection program

(KSFY) - State officials say more than $3.3 million has been recovered in the first year of a program aimed at collecting debts owed to the state of South Dakota.

In addition to the money collected in the South Dakota Obligation Recovery Program, the Bureau of Administration reports $7.6 million in payment plans were established.

According to the Bureau, the Obligation Recovery Center was established by legislation passed during the 2015 Legislative Session. State government agencies use the center to recover debts and enforce child support and restitution orders.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the program is helping people who are owed restitution for several reasons, including single parents and crime victims.