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The Florida Statutes

The 2004 Florida Statutes

Title V
JUDICIAL BRANCH
Chapter 28
CLERKS OF THE CIRCUIT COURTS
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Section 28.36, Florida Statutes 2004

28.36  Budget procedure.--There is hereby established a budget procedure for the court-related functions of the clerks of the court.

(1)  Only those functions on the standard list developed pursuant to s. 28.35(4)(a) may be funded from fees, service charges, court costs, and fines retained by the clerks of the court. No clerk may use fees, service charges, court costs, and fines in excess of the maximum budget amounts as established in subsection (5).

(2)  For the period July 1, 2004, through September 30, 2004, and for each county fiscal year ending September 30 thereafter, each clerk of the court shall prepare a budget relating solely to the performance of the standard list of court-related functions pursuant to s. 28.35(4)(a).

(3)  Each proposed budget shall further conform to the following requirements:

(a)  On or before August 1 for each fiscal year thereafter, the proposed budget shall be prepared, summarized, and submitted by the clerk in each county to the Clerks of Court Operations Corporation in the manner and form prescribed by the 1conference. The proposed budget must provide detailed information on the anticipated revenues available and expenditures necessary for the performance of the standard list of court-related functions of the clerk's office developed pursuant to s. 28.35(4)(a) for the county fiscal year beginning the following October 1.

(b)  The proposed budget must be balanced, such that the total of the estimated revenues available must equal or exceed the total of the anticipated expenditures. These revenues include the following: cash balances brought forward from the prior fiscal period; revenue projected to be received from fees, service charges, court costs, and fines for court-related functions during the fiscal period covered by the budget; and supplemental revenue that may be requested pursuant to subsection (4). The anticipated expenditures must be itemized as required by the corporation, pursuant to contract with the Chief Financial Officer.

(c)  The proposed budget may include a contingency reserve not to exceed 10 percent of the total budget, provided that, overall, the proposed budget does not exceed the limits prescribed in subsection (5).

(4)  If a clerk of the court estimates that available funds plus projected revenues from fines, fees, service charges, and costs for court-related services are insufficient to meet the anticipated expenditures for the standard list of court-related functions in s. 28.35(4)(a) performed by his or her office, the clerk must report the revenue deficit to the Clerks of Court Operations Corporation in the manner and form prescribed by the corporation pursuant to contract with the Chief Financial Officer. The corporation shall verify that the proposed budget is limited to the standard list of court-related functions in s. 28.35(4)(a).

(a)  If the corporation verifies that the proposed budget is limited to the standard list of court-related functions in s. 28.35(4)(a) and a revenue deficit is projected, a clerk seeking to retain revenues pursuant to this subsection shall increase all fees, service charges, and any other court-related clerk fees and charges to the maximum amounts specified by law or the amount necessary to resolve the deficit, whichever is less. If, after increasing fees, service charges, and any other court-related clerk fees and charges to the maximum amounts specified by law, a revenue deficit is still projected, the corporation shall, pursuant to the terms of the contract with the Chief Financial Officer, certify a revenue deficit and notify the Department of Revenue that the clerk is authorized to retain revenues, in an amount necessary to fully fund the projected revenue deficit, which he or she would otherwise be required to remit to the Department of Revenue for deposit into the Department of Revenue Clerks of the Court Trust Fund pursuant to s. 28.37. If a revenue deficit is projected for that clerk after retaining all of the projected collections from the court-related fines, fees, service charges, and costs, the Department of Revenue shall certify the amount of the revenue deficit amount to the Executive Office of the Governor and request release authority for funds appropriated for this purpose from the Department of Revenue Clerks of the Court Trust Fund. Notwithstanding provisions of s. 216.192 related to the release of funds, the Executive Office of the Governor may approve the release of funds appropriated to resolve projected revenue deficits in accordance with the notice, review, and objection procedures set forth in s. 216.177 and shall provide notice to the Chief Financial Officer. The Department of Revenue is directed to request monthly distributions from the Chief Financial Officer in equal amounts to each clerk certified to have a revenue deficit, in accordance with the releases approved by the Governor.

(b)  If the Department of Revenue finds the court-related budget proposed by a clerk includes functions not included in the standard list of court-related functions in s. 28.35(3)(a), the department shall notify the clerk of the amount of the proposed budget not eligible to be funded from fees, service charges, costs, and fines for court-related functions. The clerk shall then immediately discontinue the expenditures of funds for this purpose and reimburse the Clerks of the Court Trust Fund for any expenditures incurred to date for these functions.

(5)(a)  For the county fiscal year October 1, 2004, through September 30, 2005, the maximum annual budget amount for the standard list of court-related functions of the clerks of court in s. 28.35(4)(a) that may be funded from fees, service charges, court costs, and fines retained by the clerks of the court shall not exceed:

1.  One hundred and three percent of the clerk's estimated expenditures for the prior county fiscal year; or

2.  One hundred and five percent of the clerk's estimated expenditures for the prior county fiscal year for those clerks in counties that for calendar years 1998-2002 experienced an average annual increase of at least 5 percent in both population and case filings for all case types as reported through the Summary Reporting System used by the state courts system.

(b)  For the county fiscal year 2005-2006, the maximum budget amount for the standard list of court-related functions of the clerks of court in s. 28.35(4)(a) that may be funded from fees, service charges, court costs, and fines retained by the clerks of the court shall be the approved budget for county fiscal year 2004-2005 adjusted by the projected percentage change in revenue between the county fiscal years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006.

(c)  For the county fiscal years 2006-2007 and thereafter, the maximum budget amount for the standard list of court-related functions of the clerks of court in s. 28.35(4)(a) that may be funded from fees, service charges, court costs, and fines retained by the clerks of the court shall be established by first rebasing the prior fiscal year budget to reflect the actual percentage change in the prior fiscal year revenue and then adjusting the rebased prior fiscal year budget by the projected percentage change in revenue for the proposed budget year. The rebasing calculations and maximum annual budget calculations shall be as follows:

1.  For county fiscal year 2006-2007, the approved budget for county fiscal year 2004-2005 shall be adjusted for the actual percentage change in revenue between the two 12-month periods ending June 30, 2005, and June 30, 2006. This result is the rebased budget for the county fiscal year 2005-2006. Then the rebased budget for the county fiscal year 2005-2006 shall be adjusted by the projected percentage change in revenue between the county fiscal years 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. This result shall be the maximum annual budget amount for the standard list of court-related functions of the clerks of court in s. 28.35(4)(a) that may be funded from fees, service charges, court costs, and fines retained by the clerks of the court for each clerk for the county fiscal year 2006-2007.

2.  For county fiscal year 2007-2008, the rebased budget for county fiscal year 2005-2006 shall be adjusted for the actual percentage change in revenue between the two 12-month periods ending June 30, 2006, and June 30, 2007. This result is the rebased budget for the county fiscal year 2006-2007. The rebased budget for county fiscal year 2006-2007 shall be adjusted by the projected percentage change in revenue between the county fiscal years 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. This result shall be the maximum annual budget amount for the standard list of court-related functions of the clerks of court in s. 28.35(4)(a) that may be funded from fees, service charges, court costs, and fines retained by the clerks of the court for county fiscal year 2007-2008.

3.  For county fiscal years 2008-2009 and thereafter, the maximum budget amount for the standard list of court-related functions of the clerks of court in s. 28.35(4)(a) that may be funded from fees, service charges, court costs, and fines retained by the clerks of the court shall be calculated as the rebased budget for the prior county fiscal year adjusted by the projected percentage change in revenues between the prior county fiscal year and the county fiscal year for which the maximum budget amount is being authorized. The rebased budget for the prior county fiscal year shall always be calculated by adjusting the rebased budget for the year preceding the prior county fiscal year by the actual percentage change in revenues between the 12-month period ending June 30 of the year preceding the prior county fiscal year and the 12-month period ending June 30 of the prior county fiscal year.

(6)  The corporation may submit proposed legislation to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives no later than November 1 in any year for approval of clerk budget request amounts exceeding the restrictions in this section for the following October 1. If proposed legislation is recommended, the corporation shall also submit supporting justification with sufficient detail to identify the specific proposed expenditures that would cause the limitations to be exceeded for each affected clerk and the estimated fiscal impact on state revenues.

History.--s. 37, ch. 2003-402; s. 24, ch. 2004-265.

1Note.--The Clerk of Court Operations Conference was replaced by the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation by s. 23, ch. 2004-265.

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