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|Thursday, February 18, 1999 |
Tommy G. Thompson
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Child support collections
twice topped $5 million
Madison, Wis. Child support collections statewide have topped $5 million on two different days this month, a state agency announced today.
Mondays receipt of just over $5.0 million was second only to the $5.6 million collected Feb. 1.
The Feb. 1 figure is the highest one-day total since the state centralized the collection and payment of child support Jan. 4, and is believed to be the highest amount ever collected in one day in Wisconsin.
However, comparisons before that date arent possible because collections formerly were handled within each of Wisconsins 72 counties.
Mark Liedl, DWDs Executive Assistant,said his agency typically receives about $3.2 million per day. Mondays $5.0 million came from about 25,000 payments received that day.
Liedl said DWD expects to collect more than $900 million in child support by years end, which would be the highest annual amount ever.
He also said that DWD is averaging the payment of about 22,000 child support checks a day to custodial parents.
A new toll-free information service which was set up with the new centralized system also handled 391,000 phone calls in its first month of operation, Liedl added.
Most were from people either paying or receiving child support with questions about their cases. The toll-free number operates 23 hours a day, seven days a week, in three languages English, Spanish and Hmong.