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October 12, 2012

Candidates present visions at forum

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Friday, October 12, 2012 — Register of Deeds

Question: If elected what are your plans to make the most of the annual budget for the register of deeds office?

Darrell Jernigan:

The allocation for the office is about $299,000, out of that approximately $200,000 in salaries. There is four full time employees in the office. That’s been reduced in previous years from the state office about 2-3 years ago, then it went down to five and now it’s four.

So, when looking at the budget, I don’t see a whole lot of cost savings in the budget. There’s some tiny items that might be looked at. Items like, instead of sending four or five people for the purposes of training. I think its more important to send one or two.

Let them come back and do what we call “train the trainer.” They come back into the office and whatever they’ve learned, share it with the staff. As far as the budget itself, I really have no problems with it aside from tweaking the training items just a little bit.

Suzanne Lowder:

Yes, I have put several cost saving policies into place, such as recycling ... accounting systems, use of email instead of making long distance phone calls or expending money for print. By doing this I’ve saved 40 percent in just supplies, I’ve cut the phone bill and postage costs by 50 percent. I’d like to continue doing that and coming up with other ideas.

On a happier note, we started a Valentine’s Day wedding event, which involves bringing over 50 businesses together, we had five couples get married. They each had a wedding cake from one lady in a wedding gown up. We had cake, punch — a flowing punch bowl/fountain, we even had a horse drawn carriage.

This totaled more than $10,000 for the wedding couple and this is at no cost to the tax payer. And this is the kind of thing, as register of deeds, that when you don’t have to spend money that you can still get a lot done.

Information from the N.C. House contest will appear in Sunday’s SNAP.

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