Florida wasn't particularly slow in paying but you needed a lot of paperwork. I had to send up to 14 pages per inspection I did (counting all the copies, 5 separate documents, 4 in triplicate). If there were multiple inspections for one agency you could put some of the information on the same forms but I worked for a lot of agencies. If you screwed up one page, they sent everything back. This was a "small town phone book" sized package every month.
If I was doing this all by hand it would have really been a pain. Even using the computer, getting my bills together took a few hours a month and nobody paid me for the programming time to get it set up. They also changed the process occasionally, just to make you nuts.
Happiness was a "smiley face" from Penny and a check