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Third straight year of increased court collections

Circuit Court Clerk Rex Lynch announced that collections have increased for the third straight year.

“This is great news for Anderson County taxpayers and confirmation that the implementation of new procedures and the addition of a key staff position are paying dividends,” he said in a release. “In 2018, the collections manager, Maura Vespie, and I looked at ways to make the process more accountable and to collect a higher percentage of costs and fines. Maura has done a great job implementing those changes over the past three years.”

She recently received a certificate of appreciation for her work as collections manager.

The Circuit Court Clerk’s Office collected more than $3 million dollars during fiscal year 2021 and provided more than $800,000 in revenue for Anderson County, an increase of $55,000 over the projected amount budgeted for the year.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment when you consider reduced court appearances due to COVID in the

past year,” Lynch said. “The professional standards we

have implemented helped us focus on collecting past due fees from previous years.”

Revenues have increased from $618,000 in 2018, the year before Lynch was elected, to $621,000 in 2019 and $745,000 in 2020.