Cutbacks made to courts
MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. - The Marshall County Circuit Clerk's office is busy and about to get busier.
State cuts kick in on June 1. The Kentucky General Assembly has cut the Judicial Branch's budget by $25.2 million for the 2013 fiscal year.
Circuit Clerk Carla Marshall says her staff will work a combined total of 40 fewer hours each month.
"There's only so many cuts you can make before it affects employees and it's come to that point. Everything that's been cut has been cut," she said.
Although the hours are changing, she says the work-load is not. Just next week, Marshall's office is processing 407 court cases.
"It doesn't matter how many employees we've got. We have a certain amount of work that's gotta be done. We're gonna have to pick up the slack."
It translates into delays on paperwork and longer waits on paying a speeding ticket or getting a driver's license.
Marshall promises, "It's our job and we'll make it work."
But, she says, her staff is starting to get "disheartened." No one has had a raise and everyone was furloughed last year.