Referendum asks voters whether or not to eliminate Recorder of Deeds

By Denise Jackson

October 23, 2012 Updated Oct 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- McLean County voters will decide in the upcoming general election whether or not to eliminate the Recorder of Deeds office.

Some McLean County board members say streamlining services could help save the county tax dollars.

McLean County Board Chairman Paul Segobiano says the county could save up to $100,000 by eliminating the Recorder of Deeds office.

"I think it's a means to be able to continue to provide quality services that are required by our constituents and it's our duty and responsibility as elected county board members to see that we offer the best service at the least cost possible, we are talking about tax dollars," Segobiano said.

Early voters are already casting ballots on the referendum which would consolidate the Recorder of Deeds office with the McLean County Clerk's department.

Recorder of Deeds Lee Newcom says his office which handles land documents has become very high tech and provides services different from the McLean County Clerk's department.

"To take a very high technology office like this and place it into a very low technology office means that in order to maintain the same level of ability and technology in the office you will have to hire a consultant," Newcom said.

"There are many county clerks 86 out of 102 in the state of Illinois that are combined recorder clerks offices. I'm not the one to say that's the answer, " said McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael.

Segobiano says under the 2013 budget, they're facing a two percent increase and are looking for ways to reduce costs. He says consolidations of other departments could be up for discussion in the future.

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