Jeff L. Thigpen Register of Deeds

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

I will reduce your copy costs as Register of Deeds!!

As your Guilford County Register of Deeds, I will reduce your copy costs on my first day of office!

As you can see ( there is a 25 cent per copy charge for uncertified copies. These copy charges will change under my leadership and the savings will go into your pocket. As a commissioner I supported the effort to reduce copy costs for the media and public. At the Courthouse and in County Offices we implemented a policy - $.03 per page except for copies of microfiche, which are $.15 per fiche.

In the Register of Deeds office, I will reduce the current charge for copies of uncertified copies related to land transactions, deeds, deeds of trust, birth and death certificates and marriage licenses to $.03 cents per page instead of the massive $.25 cent per page charge. I am still examining the issue of copy charges for uncertified copies of plats, but look for a reduction in those copy costs as well.

The Register of Deeds office generates $5.8 million in revenue through fees with a $2.6 million annual budget. Many of the fees are set by NC General Statute with no local control. Uncertified copy costs are one area the Register of Deeds can regulate by charging "a reasonable amount" and truly look out for taxpayers.

$ . 25 cents a copy is simply "an unreasonable amount".........


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