Tulsa courts receive more state funding than OKC courts

Monday, October 6th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Oklahoma County courts handle more cases than their Tulsa counterparts, but Tulsa County courts receive more state money.

Tulsa County received about $8.6-million to run its courts this year, compared to Oklahoma County's $7.8-million.

But officials say the case load isn't used to determine counties' budgets. Individual county budgets are based on the amount of money each court clerk collects.

Oklahoma County Court Clerk Patricia Presley says there are several reasons her office collects less than Tulsa County.

The biggest reason might be that Tulsa has had a department geared toward collecting on court judgments longer than Oklahoma County.

Presley says her office didn't have a cost administration department before she took office, and she is still trying to catch up on judgments from years ago.