County clerks’ fees going way up
The cost of doing business at the county clerk’s offices is about to go through the roof, but it isn’t because the clerk is raising them.
State legislators made that decision and Gov. Matt Bevin signed off on it.
The new fees will take effect at the beginning of the new calendar year.
In some cases, the fees will be three or four times what they are now.
The Kentucky General Assembly approved the changes earlier this year, and the governor signed the legislation into law in March, to take effect in January.
While county governments had nothing to do with it, the counties will benefit from it in the form of new revenue.
Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe said filing fees are very expensive to process.
“A lot of our recordings are permanent records. The cost to record and maintain are expensive,” Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe said. “And not all the fees stay in the clerk’s office.”
“One of the fees we collect now are for affordable housing trust fund fees. On January 1 the state will begin accepting e-recordings, also. There is a storage fee included in the new fees that will help in preserving the records. Kentucky recording fees have been a lot lower than other states,” Jobe added.
The following are some of the fee changes:
• Deeds — currently $17 for the first three pages and $3 for each additional page, but the new fee will be $50 for the first five and $3 for each additional one.
• Mortgages — currently $17 for the first three pages and $3 for each additional page, but the fee will go to $80 for the first 30 pages and
$3 for each additional page.
• Power of attorney — currently $17 for the first three pages and $3 for each additional page, but the new fee will be $50 for the first five and $3 for each additional page.
• Wills — were an $8 flat fee, but now they will be $47 for the first five pages and $3 for each additional page.
This is the first big increase in fees for county clerks’ offices since 2007, although there were some smaller increases in 2012.