Davidson County Clerk John Arriola announced Tuesday the North Nashville and Green Hills satellite offices will both remain open.
In recent months, discussions focused on the possible closing of one or more of the county's five satellite clerk's offices as a cost-savings move.
“I have determined that the modest savings we would achieve by closing either one of these offices would have created a hardship for tens of thousands of Davidson County residents,” Arriola said in a release, adding he has had various discussions about the facilities and spent time at both for assessment.
The Davidson County Clerk’s Office operates the main office on Second Avenue South and five satellite offices: the North Nashville Police Precinct, the South Nashville Police Precinct, the Hermitage Police Precinct, the old Madison Library and in Green Hills at Grace’s Plaza.
The Green Hills office serves about 5,000 people a month, while the North Nashville location serves about 2,500 citizens each month, equaling about 90,000 people per year, according to the clerk’s office.
It costs approximately $4.3 million per year to operate all six offices, officials said. But the office collects more than $4.7 million per year in fees and commissions from individuals and businesses. In recent years, the clerk’s office has been able to return more than $400,000 in fees to the city’s general fund.
“Our annual budget is $700,000 lower than it was just a few years ago and we have eight fewer full-time employees,” Arriola said. “We operate our offices efficiently and effectively. I believe we can keep these offices open and continue to return more money to the general fund than it costs to operate our offices.”
Arriola said he will continue to review all satellite offices on an annual basis and make decisions about which offices to keep open based on their use and efficiency.
The main office moved from Metro Center to the newly renovated Howard Office Building at the Richard H. Fulton Campus last December. The office handles, among others, new vehicle registration, vehicle registration renewals, duplicate registrations and title transfers.