Erie County Clerk Christopher Jacobs is reporting that his office closed the books on its 2013 budget with a $1.9 million surplus, bringing the total to more than $4 million in the last two years “with no increase in the amount of employees at the Clerk’s Office.”

Jacobs credited the office’s employees, as well as his campaign to encourage residents to renew driver’s licenses and registrations locally – rather than sending the forms to Albany or using the state website – because the county keeps more of the funds that way. The currently strong real estate market in the county also contributed to the increase in mortgage tax revenues, he said. In 2012, the surplus generated in the Clerk’s Office accounted for 50 percent of the surplus funds received by the county.