County Recorders Shutter Offices to Stay Afloat
County recorders throughout the country have begun closing their
offices one day a week in order to keep their offices operational and
within their budgetary confines. Two counties in Ohio - Harrison and
Morrow Counties - recently joined other counties in taking the
Dixie Shinaberry, the recorder for Morrow County, told
examiners that the new hours were necessary in order to keep her office
and its staff running within the parameters of her budget. Had the
recorder's office stayed open five days a week, additional cuts would
have been required.
Thus, the Morrow County Recorder's office is no longer open on
Fridays; the same is true for the recorder's office in Harrison County.
According to Tracey Boyer, the county recorder for Harrison
County, four-day service was mandated by a 10 percent cut from her
office's budget. County commissioners implemented the cut, and the only
way for Boyer to meet the requirement was to shutter the office for one
day each week.
According to a report from WTRF-7, Boyer cannot predict when
her office will return to its standard five-day service.