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Last updated: July 14. 2014 3:57PM -
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The filing of deeds, civil court actions and a myriad of other paperwork in Luzerne County offices will cost $12 more next month because of a state fee hike.


County officials throughout the state scrambled to address the unexpected increase Friday because it was approved in the state budget signed Thursday by Gov. Tom Corbett.


Most of the increase — $10 — was set to take effect Friday, with the remaining $2 to be added starting Aug. 8. After a statewide uproar about the need to notify attorneys and others impacted by the fee, the state allowed counties to delay implementation of the entire increase until Aug. 8, according to two county officials.


“It spread confusion throughout the entire state,” said county civil/criminal court records director Jim Haddock, who was at a state conference when the sudden change was announced.


Haddock and Mary Dysleski, who oversees county wills and deeds, said they must have time to inform the public about the increase and make adjustments in software programs so filers are charged the appropriate amount.


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