A recent report by state economists is underscoring the grim economic toll COVID-19 is taking, with court clerks already facing furloughs and workforce reductions.

A July 20 Revenue Estimating Conference report showed that collections for so-called “Article V” fees during the 2019-2020 fiscal year were $48.3 million below a December estimate.

“The loss was largely induced by the impact of the worldwide pandemic on court operations; the statewide safer-at-home order regarding essential services which – among other things – affected the amount of traffic on the roads; various state and local government office closures; and actions to provide forbearance on delinquent payments and foreclosures,” the report states.