|Published:||Aug 17, 2012 5:08 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 17, 2012 5:09 PM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Many court clerks across Florida are breathing a sigh of relief after lawmakers vote to restore millions of dollars in cuts made to their office.
In Southwest Florida, county clerks faced scaling back positions, hours of operation, and slowing down the court process.
According to Dwight Brock, Collier County's Clerk of Courts, his office's share of the cuts totaled around $540,000.
"I could not have continued the operation of the office at its current level any further than the end of August," Brock said.
Further cutbacks would have meant more delays in the civil court process, among other reductions in quality of service, Brock said.
Earlier this year, lawmakers tentatively agreed to slice $30 million out of court-related services. This week, they voted to restore $29.5 million of those cuts.
That means Collier will now receive around $450,000.
In Lee County, Clerk of Courts Charlie Green did not expect further hardship because of the funding loss, but that could change if case loads increase. According to Green, his office might return the $700,000 it is getting back from the state.
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