A total of 311 cases were started in March 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, 32; custody complaints, 23; district justice appeals, 5; declaratory judgment, 1; divorce complaints, 16; ejectment complaint, 1; license appeal, 1; mortgage foreclosure complaints, 31; name change petitions, 3; protection from abuse petitions, 24; replevin complaint,1; quiet title actions, 4; judgments, 165; miscellaneous case, 1; and stipulations/waivers of liens, 3.
The office staff also received and processed 138 applications for U.S. passports.
Behrens' financial report shows $32,620.82 was generated last month as follows: prothonotary's fees, $27,613.05; interest income, $5.27; custody fees, $300; data processing fees, $4,552.50; PFA Surcharge, courts, $75; and PFA surcharge, Sheriff, $75.
The prothonotary also remitted $3,262.23 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 $1,120.18 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 163 deeds, 147 mortgages and 376 other writs during the month of March.
As a result of those transactions, McCall turned over to the Carbon County General Fund the sum of $24,084.72. A breakdown of that revenue includes: transfer fees, $19,272.50; data processing fees, $1,786.75; notaries, $70; commission on transfers and writs, $2,217.479; and Affordable Housing administrative fee, $738.
McCall remitted $343 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 $110,254.40, the same amount that was forwarded to the state in realty transfer taxes.
McCall deposited $2,046 in the Recorder of Deeds Record Improvement Fund and $1,364 in the Carbon County Records Improvement Fund, these being fees assessed by state law on each transaction for records management needs. An additional $14,617 was collected and remitted to the state for its judicial computer system program.
Also, $4,182 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 $267,145.52.
Penn Forest Township
Citizens Savings Bank to Brittany N. Glose, 113 Fawn Road, Jim Thorpe, property at 113 Fawn Road, $150,100.
Raul Morales to Joseph James McDevitt, 125 Meckesville Road, Albrightsville, Lot 2640, Section Tall Trees, Mount Pocahontas, $4,000.
George Choriw to John S. Heckman, Ardmore, Towamensing Trails Lot 1251, Section III, $13,500.
Sheriff of Carbon County to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, McLean, Va., property at 88 Skyline Drive, aka 406 Skyline Drive, Albrightsville, $1.
Sheriff of Carbon County to U.S. Bank, N.A., Fort Mill, S.C., property at 198 Piney Woods Drive, $1.
Timothy Zemann to Peter H. Donnelly, Brooklyn, N.Y., Lot 1813, Section N-II, Indian Mountain Lakes, $5,000.
Federal National Mortgage Association to Zigmow, LLC, Levittown, property at 67 Forest Lake Drive, $85,000.