New fees adopted for county clerk services

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By Gabriela Saldivia
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

LANSING—On Tuesday, March 18, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum approached the Ingham County Board of Commissioners at the County Services meeting with proposed fees for services the Clerk’s office provides.
The proposed fees include a fee for notarizing documents for reasons other than County Clerk filings, a fee if witnesses are not brought to a marriage ceremony and a fee for filing other services.

The fees range from $2-15 with higher fees charged to non-county residents.

Byrum, who performed her 45th marriage ceremony this week, said she estimates the fees would bring in around $1,500, although she said this is a very conservative estimate.

“I did not want to over-promise but I would like to over-deliver,” Byrum said at the meeting.

Commissioner Debbie De Leon was hesitant to give the resolutions approval.

“Do we really have to charge for every little thing we do?” De Leon asked.

After discussion about whether these fees would be worth the trouble, other commissioners, such as Dianne Holman, proposed that they should be proposed as a friendly amendment.  This means the fees would be under review and part of the regular annual budget review process.

These fees would go into effect April 1, 2013.

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