“We’re kind of hoping the increased business will help to offset that though,” she said.
There are title offices in Middletown, Hamilton, Fairfield and West Chester Twp. She said they are on track to make about $2.87 million in title fees, and she plans to turn $1 million back to the general fund.
Commissioner Don Dixon said he has had a brief discussion about the potential office move, and it sounds promising.
“I think it does make sense, and I think the numbers will make sense too,” he said. “I think it will actually increase the revenue for the county.”
Commissioner T.C. Rogers also appeared supportive, but said he still needs to see the plan.
“Obviously when you’re going to make a move to make more money, that’s’s a good move,” he said.
Commissioner Cindy Carpenter couldn't be reached for comment but has said more than once she would like to earmark the clerk's $1 million for historic courthouse restoration. Her fellow commissioners don't agree.
Dixon said after they retire all their debt in 2020 they should have plenty of money to address capital improvement needs throughout the county.
“The courthouse falls into the capital improvement plan for the whole county, and I’m not in favor of setting aside any money for any one specific building or project,” he said. “It all needs to be looked at in total.”