Circuit Clerks Office Gets $20,000 GrantNovember 26th, 2011 by Drew County Offices
Pat Scifres Savage, Circuit Clerk of Drew County, was awarded a grant in the amount of $20,000 from the Automated Records System Fund for automation, or preservation of the Real Estate Records for their county. The money for the grants is paid into the fund by the ten Class 6 and 7 counties in the State of Arkansas.
One dollar from each document recorded in the class 6 and 7 counties goes into the fund for distributiion to the class 1 through 5 counties. The Circuit Clerks/Recorders from class one through five counties apply for the grants and they are distributed after consideration by the Circuit Clerks/Recorders from the class 6 and 7 counties. This year there were applications for more than $800,000 and the committee had approximately $310,000 to award. Some of the grants that were awarded were for complete land management computer systems, hardware, software, scanning, microfilming, and indexng of the real estate records. So far the fund has paid out more than $1,300,000 since its creation by the Legislature in 2007.
The grant money will be used to continue the scanning project for Drew County. Books have all been scanned and now need to be indexed into the computer program. Pat Scifres Savage received a previous grant in the amount of $35,000 to begin the scanning program several years ago.