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CLERK BOCK ANNOUNCES RESTORED HOURS FOR PUBLIC,
REOPENING OF MID-COUNTY BRANCH

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (September 18, 2012) – The Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller’s office will return its public hours of operation to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and reopen its Mid-County branch in Royal Palm Beach no later than October 1, after a decision by the state’s Legislative Budget Commission to restore spending authority for Florida’s Clerks to last year’s levels, undoing a $29 million budget cut made by state legislators earlier in the year.

These cuts had forced Clerk Sharon Bock and other clerks throughout Florida to reduce hours to the public and close branch offices. Palm Beach County’s share of the budget cut was approximately $2.5 million.

“We appreciate the Legislative Budget Commission’s actions. Florida’s Clerks are an essential component of the court system, and critical to ensuring the public’s access to justice,” Clerk Bock said. “However, this is only a temporary solution to our budget crisis. I will continue to work with other clerks to continue educating the state Legislature about the important role Florida’s Clerks play in ensuring your continued access to the state courts system.”

The Mid-County branch will reopen at the Midwestern Community Services Center, 200 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach. It will be open twice a week, on Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Mid-County branch limits its service to people who need to pay traffic tickets, and serves as many as 1,000 people a month.

“The western communities are the fastest-growing part of Palm Beach County, so it was important to me that we restore this service,” Clerk Bock said.

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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