A total of 274 cases were started in October in the office of Carbon County Prothonotary Joann M. Behrens, according to a monthly statistical report released by the officeholder. A breakdown of the cases is as follows:
Civil actions, 47; custody complaints, 14; district justice appeals, 8; declaratory judgment, 1; divorce complaints, 23; ejectment, 5; license appeals, 2 mortgage foreclosure complaints, 30; mandamus, 1; protection from abuse petitions, 21; quiet title actions, 2; replevin complaint, 1; tax sales, 4; zoning appeal, 1; judgments, 103; miscellaneous, 4; stipulations/waivers of liens, 6; and writ of execution, 1. The office staff also received and processed 41 applications for U.S. Passports.
Behrens' financial report shows $31,145.84 was generated as follows: prothonotary's fees, $25,764.97; interest income, $1.36; PFA Surcharge, courts, $100; PFA Surcharge, Sheriff,$100; custody fees, $500; and data processing fees, $4,679.51.
The prothonotary also remitted $4,462.94 to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Revenue, representing state fees collected locally, and $54 to the Administrative Offices of the Pennsylvania Courts, this being surcharges on new custody cases in accordance with Act 119 of 1996. Another $1,210 was deposited in the Prothonotary's Automation Fund for future use in automating the office.
Revenue from deeds
Carbon County Recorder of Deeds Emmett P. McCall reported his office recorded 169 deeds, 196 mortgages and 414 other writs during the month of October.
As a result of those transactions, McCall turned over to the Carbon County General Fund the sum of $27,709.53. A breakdown of that revenue includes: transfer fees, $22,695.50; data processing fees, $1,896.25; notaries, $60; commission on transfers and writs, $2,234.98; and Affordable Housing administrative fee, $922.80.
McCall remitted $389.50 in state writ taxes to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, while Carbon County municipalities and school districts shared realty transfer tax disbursements totaling $111,074.80, the same amount that was forwarded to the state in realty transfer taxes.
McCall deposited $2,343 in the Recorder of Deeds Record Improvement Fund and $1,562 in the Carbon County Records Improvement Fund, these being fees assessed by state law on each transaction for records management needs. An additional $16,356 was collected and remitted to the state for its Judicial Computer System program.
Also, $5,229.20 was collected last month for the Affordable Housing Program in Carbon County.
In all, funds collected in the Recorder's office last month amounted to $275,838.83.
MOCKK, LLC, to Dana Raftis, Wantagh, N.Y., Lot 2573, Section Mountain View, Mt. Pocahontas, $8,000.
Jack Fitzgibbons to Brian Eldred, Cherry Hill, N.J., property at 16 Hunt Trail, Albrightsville, $152,000.
Harold H. Thomasson to John V. Schaefer, Chalfont, Pa., Lot 122, North Lake Avenue, Bear Creek Lakes, $250,000.
Fannie Mae to Diane R. Keys, 35 Berry Lane, Jim Thorpe, property at 35 Berry Lane, $75,000.
Falcon Crest Homes, Inc., to Richard Kenneth Chin, Levittown, Pa., Lot 96, Section II-B, Valley View Estates, $35,000.
Falcon Crest Homes to Kimberlie J. Hawkins, Bangor, property at 36 Old Stage Road, Albrightsville, $149,900.
KLCK, LLC, to Andrew Leadbeater, Glenside, Pa., Lot V1805, Section V, Towamensing Trails, $10,000.
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Thomas S. Stanton, Levittown, Pa., property at 48 Sekani Trail, Albrightsville, $56,501.