Here in Huntington the policy is that researchers have to pay before they
leave the office.
Occasionally I will print a bill under exceptional circumstances, but have
not had a problem about payments- I usually get a check within a few days.
If someone is coming back the next day to finish something, I let them pay
all at once when they finish.
I think if you just started a policy that people pay as they go it will save
you a lot of time and headaches.
(See, I'm meaner than you!)
Huntington Town Clerk/Treasurer
From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network
Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 8:38:44 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: charge atts for researchers
I was wondering how many clerk's offices allow title searchers to run a tab
for their vault time and copies. When I came to Middlebury it was normal
procedure and I don't find much of a problem with it except that we don't
send bills out on a reg schedule and a few people get way behind on their
pmts. I am just about to implement a system of billing on a reg schedule and
charge interest on accts after 30 days. I also plan to suspend charging
privleges on accts after 60 days. I don't want to completely shock our
clientele and was wondering what other clerks do.
Currently if a searcher does not have an acct with us I will not give them a
bill. They must pay at the time of service. Lately I continually hear how I
am the only clerk in the State that is this mean. Am I the meanest clerk in
Ann F. Webster
Middlebury Town Clerk/Treasurer
94 Main Street
Middlebury VT 05753