More than 9,900 documents were filed in the Carbon County Recorder of Deeds office in 2012, 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 $3,466,003.22 in revenues.
Breakdown of filings
A breakdown of the filings included: assignments of mortgage, 823; agreements of sale, 3; assignments of rents and leases, 94; deeds, 2,262; declarations of taking, 3; deed – time shares, 111; easements, 56; elected officials' bond security, 3; financing statements – UCC-1, 19; financing statements - UCC-3, 43; lease agreements, 13; mortgages, 2,602; mortgage amendments, 7; subdivision maps, 42; survey maps, 9; mortgage extension agreements, 2; miscellaneous, 74; miscellaneous – no parcel, 2; modification agreements, 78; notary commissions, 66; notices of assessment, 7; order of courts, 9; powers of attorney, 168; preferential assessment applications, 64; releases of mortgage, 161; satisfactions of mortgage, 3,103; and subordinations of mortgages, 130.
In all the office received and filed 9,956 documents.
McCall said the office collected $291,865 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, $27,996.18; commission on state realty taxes, $13,950.11; Affordable Housing administrative fee, $12,597.30; and commission earned on state writs and UCC statements, $169.83. The total revenue the county received from recordings and commissions listed above were $380,706.83.
McCall said some filings throughout the year also resulted in special funds amounting to $121,154.70, including $71,384.70 that was generated to assist the county in its Affordable Housing (rehabilitation) program; $19,908 that was received and deposited in the County Records Improvement Fund; and $29,862 that was added to the Recorder of Deeds Improvement Fund.
In addition, the county received $34,128.41 in additional revenue from other services provided by the recorder's office, including $17,258 in copies; $303 in certifications of copies; $80 for map copies; $ 6,851.08 in rejection fees; $9,133.77 in remote access fees; and $502.56 in miscellaneous recording fees.
In all, McCall was able to turn over to the county $530,119.86
Meanwhile, as part of the real estate recoding process, the recorder's office also collected transfer taxes for area school districts and municipalities as follows:
School Districts – Jim Thorpe Area School District, $315,989.55; Lehighton Area School District, $153,630.81; Palmerton Area School District, $143,248.34; Panther Valley Area School District, $38,362.92; Weatherly Area School District, $43,095.11; and Hazleton Area School District, $5,575.
Municipalities – Banks Township, $2,179.39; Beaver Meadows Borough, $3,396.11; Bowmanstown Borough, $11,536.41; East Penn Township, $22,014.91; East Side Borough, $1,661.25; Franklin Township, $57,058.23; Jim Thorpe Borough, $34,078.25; Kidder Township North, $17,111.92; Kidder Township South, $111,809.95; Lansford Borough, $8,444.10; Lausanne Township, $2,201.61; Lehigh Township, $5,096; Lehighton Borough, $25,148.12; Lower Towamensing Township, $40,018.86; Mahoning Township, $46,961.89; Nesquehoning Borough, $16,242.67; Packer Township, $6,482.50; Palmerton Borough, $48,378.16; Parryville Borough, $1,685; Penn Forest Township, $170,100.22; Summit Hill Borough, $13,676.07; Towamensing Township, $43,314.76; Weatherly Borough, $10,541.41; Weissport Borough, $762.50.
McCall also remitted $1,616,639.26 to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including $1,395,010.26 in realty transfer taxes, $216,649 in JCS/Access to Justice Funds and $4,980 in writ taxes.