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Processed passports in 2012 generate revenue for Erie County

SPRINGVILLE — The following guest column was submitted by Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs.

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs announced that his administration processed more than 700 passport applications, during 2012, his first year in office.

The clerk’s office was recently re-approved to be an official passport application acceptance agent of the United States Passport Service. Employees were re-certified to be passport acceptance agents.

“This is a service we provide to the citizens of Erie County, with no additional staff, that generates revenues, which we give back to Erie County,” Jacobs said.

The clerk said that his staff members have been more proactive, in offering this service, by hosting “Passports on the Move” outreaches at area businesses, shopping malls, colleges and the Federal Court House, after each naturalization ceremony for new citizens.

Last year, the clerk’s office began a pilot program with the Buffalo Passport Agency, where Jacobs’ staff members hand-carried passport applications directly to the Buffalo Passport Agency for passport applicants who required expedited processing service.

“By working together, this pilot program has allowed us to offer a quicker turnaround for our customers who require expedited passports,” Jacobs said. “It provides a great benefit to anyone who needs a passport in a short period of time.”

Those interested in obtaining a passport through the clerk’s office or have questions regarding the Passports on the Move program may contact Jacobs at 858-8865 or visit www.erie.gov/passports.

“All those who work in the clerk’s office are proud of the fact that we are the only division of county government that, after expenses, returns revenues to the county,” Jacobs said. “We continue to find ways to provide more services to our citizens, while keeping vital revenues local, in order to support other critical county programs.”
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