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Erie County clerk reports $6.5 million surplus in 2021

The cover page of the Erie County Clerk's Office Annual Report for 2021.
Erie County Clerk's Office

The Erie County Clerk's Office is reporting a $6.5 million surplus for 2021.

County Clerk Michael Kearns released his Annual Report for last year, noting the Clerk’s Office processed $167 million in transactions, which is $26 million more than the previous year, while still under COVID-19 restrictions.

Kearns credits the increase to expanded Auto Bureau hours and services, including the renew local campaign which he said generates $1.5 million annually alone.

Kearns notes the surplus is transferred directly to the County’s general fund in order to support County programs and services.

Looking forward, he said the Clerk’s Office will face new challenges in 2022 and beyond.

"Through collaboration with both public and private partners and our dedicated staff members, we will continue to look for ways to become more efficient and cost-effective to provide a better customer service experience, while we continue driving Erie County forward,” Kearns said.

Cheryl Hagen