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Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock sees no relief in sight as the fiscal year ends

Starting Friday, October 2, two branch offices will close to public once a week

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (September 29, 2015) – On September 15, the Legislative Budget Committee in Tallahassee approved a statewide Clerk’s budget amount of $447 million, which is $36 million less than the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

In July, The Palm Beach County Clerk’s budget took a $2.6 million cut for the fiscal year ending September 30. This reduction forced layoffs and branch closures, impacted the office’s ability to satisfy statutory mandates and jeopardized public safety. The Clerk’s office processes more than 15,000 court documents daily, but the budgetary shortfall has created the following delays:

Civil Backlog

  • 16,340 total Civil documents are awaiting docketing
  • 8 business days turnaround time in docketing Circuit Civil documents
  • 4 business days turnaround time in docketing County Civil documents

In an effort to alleviate these backlogs, beginning October 2, both the Delray Beach and Palm Beach Gardens branches will be closed to the public every Friday until further notice.

The Clerk’s office will continue with the austerity measures of:

  • Elimination of overtime
  • No raises in 2015-2016
  • Elimination of technology projects
  • Hiring freeze on new positions
  • Elimination of training department
  • Elimination of unfunded liabilities

“We have consistently reduced our costs over the past five years, while continuing to deliver outstanding service to the Palm Beach County community. This chronic revenue distribution dilemma is making it impossible for my office to stay afloat. Only through the state Legislature, will this issue be remedied,” said Clerk Bock.

For more information visit: http://mypalmbeachclerk.com/

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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