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Land Record Fees Going Up

By Jennifer Connic

A new state law will push land record fees from $13 to $43 starting on Oct. 1, and Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss is not happy with the increase.

Strauss said of the $30 increase, her department will keep $1, the town keeps $3 and the remaining $26 goes into a state fund.

The state money is divided into fourths going to the Commission on Culture and Tourism to preserve historic places, the Connecticut Housing Authority to finance affordable housing, the state Department of Environmental Protection for open space grants and the state Department of Agriculture to preserve farmland, she said.

Strauss said she collects 11,000 new land records per year, so the state will be receiving $286,000 just from Westport’s town clerk’s office.