Some Ark. clerks make thousands in auction fees

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A state lawmaker wants to limit the amount of money circuit court clerks are paid in fees from the auction of foreclosed upon property. The Washington County circuit clerk in northwestern Arkansas was paid more than $104,000 in fees from judicial auctions last year.

The clerk in Benton County stands to be paid more than that this year if a judge approves a recent auction in Rogers. Circuit clerks are allowed to keep one-tenth of 1 percent of each foreclosure sales price as personal income.

State Rep. Eddie Cheatham told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette he'll draft a bill limiting the amount the clerks are allowed to keep. He suggests $35 to $100 per transaction or sending the money to the circuit clerk's office rather than an individual.

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