Kearns Releases 2021 Annual Report Touting $6.5 Million Surplus

Modified: May 9, 2022 4:19pm

May 9, 2022

Land Records Division processed real estate transactions valued at $2 billion 

Erie County, NY – Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns has released his Annual Report for 2021, his fourth since taking office at the conclusion of 2017, all of which have provided a robust surplus for the County. The Clerk’s Land Records division processed real estate and associated banking transactions valued at a whopping $2 billion in 2021. 

“I am pleased to report that the Clerk’s Office processed $167 million dollars in transactions, which is $26 million more than last year,” said Kearns. “In 2021, while still under COVID-19 restrictions, this Office went to work for the taxpayers of Erie County and generated a $6.5 million surplus, which is transferred directly to the County’s general fund in order to support vital County programs and services.” 

Kearns emphasized the Erie County Auto Bureau, which handled 439,165 transactions, valued at over $50 million. He stressed the importance of expanded hours and services, including the new Dealer Division which has streamlined services for local auto dealers. He also noted the importance of the Auto Bureau’s “Renew Local” campaign, which alone generates $1.5 million dollars of revenue annually. 

“As County Clerk, my goal is to identify new ways to generate revenues, and this is one way we can help ourselves,” said Kearns. “Raising awareness on the importance of the “Renew Local” campaign is vital in bringing much-needed revenue for Erie County.” 

The Annual Report also highlighted the Pistol Permit Office processed 41% more transactions and generated 7% more revenue than in 2020. 

“A priority for the Erie County Clerk’s Office is to continue to provide a safe and healthy environment for our employees and customers,” said Kearns. “As an Office, we remain committed to ensuring that our services are more efficient and cost-effective, as well as accessible to all County residents and businesses.”

Looking forward, the Erie County Clerk’s Office will face new challenges in 2022 and beyond.  However, residents and businesses can rest assure that through strategic planning, willingness to embrace change, and the unwavering dedication, hard work and professionalism of its staff, the County Clerk’s Office remains well-positioned for success. 

Kearns stated, “Through collaboration with both public and private partners and our dedicated staff members, we will continue to look for ways to become more efficient and cost-effective to provide a better customer service experience, while we continue driving Erie County forward.” 

Anyone interested in viewing the Erie County Clerk’s 2021 Annual Report can find it online at or call the Clerk’s Outreach Center at 716-858-8864 and request a copy to be mailed.