Clerk & Comptroller Office Scales Back Schedule at Midwestern Communities Service Center
Clerk Bock Continues to Urge Florida State Legislature to Increase Court Funding
WEST PALM BEACH, FL (July 22, 2016) – Effective Friday, August 5, the the Clerk & Comptroller's office at Midwestern Communities Service Center, 200 Civic Center Way, Suite 500, in Royal Palm Beach will close to the public on Fridays consistent with the operations of both the North and South County courthouses which were also scaled back last year due to clerk budget reductions from the State of Florida.
Clerk services affected by the Friday closures are available at the following locations:
These are the addresses to the alternate facilities: Main Courthouse, 205 North Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach and the West County Courthouse, 2950 State Road 15, Room S-100, Belle Glade.
“With no fiscal relief in sight, this closure is taking place in anticipation of further reductions. While we have consistently reduced our costs over the past five years, we continue to strive to deliver outstanding services to the Palm Beach County community,” said Clerk Sharon R. Bock. “I will continue to work with the State Legislature to develop a long-term and sustainable solution to address the Clerk’s chronically broken state funding model.”
The Clerk’s budget took a $2.6 million cut during this fiscal year. This reduction forced layoffs and branch closures impacting the office’s ability to satisfy statutory mandates and posing a risk to public safety.
Note: The Property Appraiser’s, Tax Collector’s and Sheriff’s offices located at the Midwestern Communities Service Center in Royal Palm Beach are not affected by the closures.
The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents. In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.
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