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County Clerk David J. Swarts is urging drivers who use county auto bureau offices to lodge a protest against funding cuts that could eliminate three of the four auto bureaus.

Swarts Friday asked drivers to sign petitions or get in touch with political leaders to try to reverse state budget shrinkage that he said will create a $1.5 million deficit in the clerk's office.

"Once motorists realize the consequences to the Auto Bureau, they won't be happy," said Swarts.

Swarts said copies of a statewide petition protesting the cut are available in auto bureaus, along with the addresses of key state officials and Senate and Assembly members.

The funding shrinkage results from decisions at the state level to cut funding for services the state requires counties to provide and to cut reimbursement for services the county offers on behalf of the state.

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