Revenue from deeds
Carbon County Recorder of Deeds Emmett P. McCall reported his office recorded 231 deeds, 238 mortgages and 409 other writs during the month of December.
As a result of those transactions, McCall turned over to the Carbon County General Fund the sum of $35,742.99. A breakdown of that revenue includes: transfer fees, $27,631; data processing fees, $1,975.05; notaries, $10; commission on transfers and writs, $4,507.14: and Affordable Housing administrative fee, $1,219.80.
McCall remitted $439 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 $223,183.92, the same amount that was forwarded to the state in realty transfer taxes.
McCall deposited $2,640 in the Recorder of Deeds Record Improvement Fund and $1,760 in the Carbon County Records Improvement Fund, these being fees assessed by state law on each transaction for records management needs. An additional $18,800 was collected and remitted to the state for its Judicial Computer System program.
Also, $6,912.20 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 $512,262.03.
James C. Greenfield to Susan L. Greenfield, 705 Mill Run Drive, Lehighton, two transactions, Saw Mill Run Lot 58, Section 5, and property at 705 Mill Run Drive, $1 each.
Tax Claim Bureau of Carbon County to Citi Investments, Inc., Easton, property at 321 E. Abbott St., $65,731.63.
Tax Claim Bureau of Carbon County to Sophia Morris Alston, 109 Terrace Drive, Saylorsburg, property at 3 E. Bertsch St., $110,675.
Tax Claim Bureau of Carbon County to James Luckenbaugh, 195 Pine Drive, Lehighton, property at 307 E. Abbott St., $25,863.
Penn Forest Township
Tax Claim Bureau of Carbon County to Jim Thorpe National Bank, 12 Broadway, Jim Thorpe, property at 33 Lucretius Trail, Albrightsville, $61,745.
Joseph DiGirolamo to John J. Hupchick, Glen Mills, Pa., property at 13 Bradstreet Circle, Albrightsville, $205,000.
A total of 340 cases were started in December 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, 40; custody complaints, 27; district justice appeals, 5; divorce complaints,16; ejectment suits, 3; license appeals, 2; mortgage foreclosure complaints, 46; miscellaneous, 4; protection from abuse, 38; quiet title actions,13; court appointments, 2; judgments,143; and stipulation/waiver of liens, 1. The office staff also received and processed 60 applications for U.S. Passports.
Behrens' financial report shows $32,563.33 was generated as follows: prothonotary's fees, $26,901.19; interest income, $12.56; PFA Surcharge, courts, $190.80, PFA Surcharge, Sheriff, $180; custody fees, $750; and data processing fees, $4,528.78.
The prothonotary also remitted $4,507.27 to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Revenue, representing state fees collected locally, and $102 to the Administrative Offices of the Pennsylvania Courts, this being surcharges on new custody cases in accordance with Act 119 of 1996. Another $1,130.33 was deposited in the Prothonotary's Automation Fund for future use in automating the office.