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CLERK & COMPTROLLER GIVES $5.4 MILLION IN EXCESS FEES TO COUNTY

More than $40 million remitted to Palm Beach County coffers since 2005

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (November 6, 2013) – Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock gave $5.4 million in excess fees to Palm Beach County for Fiscal Year 2013, thanks to a combination of increased efficiency at the Clerk & Comptroller’s office and a spike in mortgage and deed recording.

“As Palm Beach County’s Chief Financial Officer, it is important that we do everything we can to save taxpayers’ money,” Clerk Bock said. “I am proud that our commitment to keeping an eye on the bottom line allowed us to contribute more than $5 million to Palm Beach County’s coffers.”

Mortgage and deed recording increased 22 percent in FY 2013, which resulted in $1.2 million in additional recording fees. Additionally, the Clerk & Comptroller was able to renegotiate contracts and leverage technology to help save money from the Comptroller budget.

Constitutional officers such as the Clerk & Comptroller are required by Section 218.36, Florida Statutes, to give any fees to the county that remain unspent at the end of the fiscal year and were collected from services such as recording official records. That total doesn’t include fees collected for filing court documents.

The Clerk & Comptroller has remitted $40.3 million to Palm Beach County since 2005.

For more information about the Clerk’s office, please visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call
(561) 355-2996.

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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