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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Escambia County Clerk returns Nearly $1,000,000.00 to BCC!

Escambia County Clerk of the Court Pam Childers returned $914,107.81 to the BCC yesterday.

Escambia County Clerk and Comptroller Pam Childers returned $914,107.81 dollars to the BCC yesterday--excess revenue that by statute must be returned at the end of each fiscal year by her office.  It is important to note that although the board does frequently receive money back from the constitutional offices at the end of October yearly (Clerk's office returned $723,000.00 last year) the exact amount of this revenue was neither known nor anticipated by the board prior to the BCC finalizing the FY2018 budget last month so far as I understand this situation...

In a letter that accompanied the check (above), Mrs. Childers described the revenue, explaining that it came from two sources--Finance and Official Records.  From the letter:

"The first is the savings of the finance budget, and the second is the effect of additional revenues generated in the official records function..the savings in the Finance department totals $429,042..the Official Records department has excess funds of $485,065 which is predominately the impact of an upward turn in the economy."

The board, in conjunction with recommendations from the Administrator and the staff, will ultimately decide where these excess funds will be spent.

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