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Cost of Dougherty County legal filing fees may soon double

Laureen Kelly, Library Manager Laureen Kelly, Library Manager
The Dougherty County Law Library The Dougherty County Law Library
Laureen Kelly, County Library Manager, speaks with city commissioners during Tuesday's commission meeting in the Government Center in downtown Albany Laureen Kelly, County Library Manager, speaks with city commissioners during Tuesday's commission meeting in the Government Center in downtown Albany
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The cost of filing legal documents in Dougherty County could soon double. Albany city commissioners have tentatively approved an increase to the filing fee for legal documents and for paying fines from $2 to $5.

The manager of the county law library said the fee increase is needed to curb rising costs. $5 has been the state fee for years, but southwest Georgia has been exempted because of the poverty rate in our area.

"Our budget probably in 2007 was the highest we ever had as far as revenue, and it was around $195,000.  Now we're pulling in only about $140,000," said Laureen Kelly, Library Manager.

Kelly said the increase would generate $26,000. The money would pay for updated print collections and other materials.

City leaders will take a final vote on the request at their next meeting.  

 

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