Citing budget cuts, Orange County Clerk of Courts Tiffanny Moore Russell announced Thursday she is closing a satellite office on Sand Lake Road.

The office is dealing with a 3 percent decline in revenue distributed back from the state based on fees and fines collected by the county clerks of court statewide.

Moore Russell’s office saidin a news release that the Sand Lake Service Center will close permanently on Monday, November 6, as an alternative to layoffs to meet the budget cutbacks in the Orange County Clerk of Courts’ $24.4 million budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

The Sand Lake office, which was opened in early 2016, is one of six locations the clerk has countywide including the downtown offices in the Orange County Courthouse building, and had the lowest volume of customers. The four employees who work there will be relocated to other divisions to back-fill current open positions.

“Year after year we continue to have our budget cut, so we had to make the tough decision to close this office,” Moore Russell said in the release. “It makes good business sense in order to streamline our operations.”

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