More than 9,600 documents were filed in the Carbon County Recorder of Deeds office in 2011, according to an annual statistical report released by Emmett P. McCall, the current officeholder.
As a result of the department's activities last year, the Recorder collected and remitted $3,314,377.40 in revenues, which were disbursed as follows: Carbon County, $485,253.66; municipalities and school districts in the county, $1,308,163.
Breakdown of filings
A breakdown of the filings included: actions to quiet title, 2; assignments of mortgages, 798; agreements of sale, 4; assignments of rents and leases, 81; commissions, 1; deeds, 1,998; deeds-time shares, 232; easements, 61; elected officials' commissions, 10; elected official's bond security, 1; financing statements-UCC 1, 30; financing statements-UCC 3, 40; highway occupancy permit, 1; lease agreements, 8; mortgages, 2,617; mortgage amendments, 5; subdivision maps, 44; survey maps, 4; mortgage extension agreements, 2; miscellaneous, 42; miscellaneous-no parcel, 4; modification agreements, 94; notary commissions, 82; notices of assessment, 6; orders of court, 15; powers of attorney, 128; preferential assessment applications, 50; releases of mortgages, 138; satisfactions of mortgages, 2,992; and subordination of mortgages, 133.
In all, the office received and filed 9,623 documents.
McCall said the office collected $279,952 in recording fees, which was turned over on a monthly basis to the Carbon County General Fund. Other revenue derived from the Recorder of Deeds' office last year included: commission on local realty taxes, $26,697.32; commission on state realty taxes, $13,147.14; Affordable Housing administrative fee, $11,846.10; data processing fees, $16,143; commission earned on state writs and UCC statements, $169.27. The total revenue the county received from recordings and commissions listed above was $347,954.83.
McCall said some filings throughout the year also resulted in special funds amounting to $115,182.96, including $67,127.90 that was generated to assist the county in its Affordable Housing (rehabilitation) program; $19,222 that was received and deposited in the County Records Improvement Fund; and $28,833 that was added to the Recorder of Deeds Improvement Fund.
In addition, the county received $22,115.93 in additional revenue from other services provided by the recorder's office, including $15,649 in copies; $426 in certifications of copies; $68 for map copies; $5,548.05 in rejection fees; and $424.88 in miscellaneous recording fees.
In all, McCall was able to turn over to the county $485,253.66.
Meanwhile, as part of the real estate recording process, the recorder's office also collected $1,308,163.62 in transfer taxes for area school districts and municipalities.
Accordingly, in 2011, McCall distributed those funds to the following:
School districts – Jim Thorpe Area School District, $326,829.28; Lehighton Area School District, $116,155.61; Palmerton Area School District, $92,375.43; Panther Valley School District, $44,890.66; Weatherly Area School District, $64,900.53; and Hazleton Area School District, $8,931.15.
Municipalities – Banks Township, $5,554.56; Beaver Meadows Borough, $3,376.59; Bowmanstown Borough, $6,742.42; East Penn Township, $23,005.13; East Side Borough, $1,046.15; Franklin Township, $29,061.93; Jim Thorpe Borough, $31,815.69; Kidder Township North, $42,062.75; Kidder Township South, $135,778.77; Lansford Borough, $12,886.34; Lehigh Township, $1,759.10; Lehighton Borough, $27,966.46; Lower Towamensing Township, $18,126.61; Mahoning Township, $33,900.34; Nesquehoning Borough, $19,092.06; Packer Township, $6,430.22; Palmerton Borough, $35,582.17; Parryville Borough, $1,739.01; Penn Forest Township, $159,233.47; Summit Hill Borough, $12,912.11; Towamensing Township, $31,924.17; Weatherly Borough, $13,602.26; and Weissport Borough, $482.65.
McCall also remitted $1,520,960.12 to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including $1,308,163.62 in realty transfer taxes, $207,975 in JCS/Access to Justice funds and $4,821.50 in writ taxes.