Court cases in Lee and Collier counties could be delayed by budget cuts that target clerks’ offices across the state.
The budget lawmakers presented to Gov. Rick Scott includes 7 percent cuts for clerks at a $31 million savings for the state. Scott has until April 21 to sign the budget.
Over the past few years, clerks’ offices have had their funding slashed by 15 percent or more. As a result, there’s less staff to carry out tasks that include processing court paperwork, paying the county’s bills and auditing its finances.
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