By Virginia Ransbottom
Allegan County had 281 passport applications in 2017, down from 350 in 2016, according to the most recent statistics compiled by clerk Bob Genetski.
The applications in 2017 brought $7,025 in revenues to the county.
Genetski is touring the county, giving updates to local municipalities and sharing the most recent annual report for 2017, while his office begins compiling 2018 statistics. The report is available at allegancounty.org under annual reports.
Other highlights showed the Register of Deeds office had 6,373 land transfers in 2017, up from 6,041 the prior year and most since 2006.
The number of mortgage documents was 4,973, down from 5,089 in 2016.
A record was set for the honorable discharge papers processed, 44, exceeding the prior 10 years combined, said Genetski. The Vital Records Division stepped up a campaign in 2017 to record military discharge papers otherwise known as DD 214’s, since veterans are given only one copy.
If the papers are lost or destroyed, it can be difficult for veterans to obtain VA and state benefits. The recording process is quick and free. The original papers are given back along with a certified copy. Access to free certified copies are secured for future needs.
More 2017 statistics:
- Centennial farm documentation rose to 127, up from 48 the previous year.
- Circuit court caseloads were up 3,395, compared to 2,309 the previous year.
- Adoptions were down to 45, steadily declining from a record high in 2012 of 121.
- Juvenile or neglect cases have steadily decreased to 474, down from a high of 1,101 in 2011.
- Adult personal protection orders were 303, up from 235 in 2016.
- The active voter count rose by about 6,000.
- Vital Records processed 1,830 concealed weapons permits, down from a high of 2,064 in 2016.
- From 2011 through 2016, the applications for “Doing Business As” declined dropping from 751 to 562. The trend continued with 520 applications in 2017.