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Northeast Nebraska county trying to cut costs by combining court services

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CUMING COUNTY, Neb. (KTIV/US92) - A northeast Nebraska county is exploring a way to trim the budget.

The Cuming County Board of Supervisors is looking into merging the county and district court offices into one office.
    
Board members say the merger had been discussed by state officials two years ago, but a roadblock was discovered related to how each office is paid

Steve Sill, Cuming Co. Supervisor said "Right now the county court office is paid by the state of Nebraska. The district court clerk's office is paid by the county."

The current district court clerk did not file for re-election this year.
    
Board members say that made them look into the possibility of combining the offices.
    
Board members say that at the end of the day, it all comes back to how much money the county can save.

Clarence Tichota, Cuming Co. Board Chair says"If it could be handled it would be great. If it can't get the agreement changed, then we just drop this and move onto something else. We are always looking."

The Board of Supervisors agreed last week to send a letter to Nebraska's State Court Administrator asking permission to study the merger further.

Board members say the move would save Cuming County tax payers about $40,000 dollars a year.

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