Florida’s clerks of court are expecting a change this year in the way the state funds their offices, but they don’t know yet whether it will be better or worse than the system they say has left them underfunded since 2009, when lawmakers changed the way court fines and fees had been distributed in Florida for 164 years.
The state House and Senate both have bills to return to a system similar to the pre-2009 method of funding the state’s 67 clerks, but Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller Sharon Bock warns the Senate version would “mean more layoffs, more closures and an inability for us to be able service the citizens and the attorneys and the judiciary.”
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