Foreclosure Filing Fee Based Court Budget = Florida Courts on Brink of Collapse
It’s clearer now. The foreclosing entities were fully funding the court system. Rocket docket auxiliary courts & extreme judicial bias in favor of plaintiffs who are forced to fabricate evidence because there exists no other proof to win their lawsuits? Why of course! Can’t bite the hand that feeds you!
TAMPA – Budget cuts and Florida’s economic problems could soon hit courthouses all across the state, possibly shutting some of them down for good.
Governor Rick Scott and lawmakers are delaying action on a request for emergency funds, and taxpayers in Hillsborough County are already getting hit because of what Tallahassee is doing — or not doing.
Foreclosure fees were the legislature’s cash-cow — fees that boomed with the real-estate crisis.
Just the fix, Tallahassee thought, to avoid a major court funding crisis as the economy tanked.
But now that legal challenges have slowed foreclosures, a whole new crisis has developed.
The court trust fund, which is dependent on foreclosure fees, dropped from a $100 million surplus to a 72.3 million deficit nearly overnight.
Court officials say it could mean shutdown.
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