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Carbon County Court news

Published April 13. 2010 05:00PM

Prothonotary's report

A total of 363, 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 2010 cases is as follows:

Civil actions, 70; custody complaints, 21; district justice appeals, 2; divorce complaints, 30; ejectments, 7; eminent domain/declaration of taking, 1; license appeals, 2; mortgage foreclosure complaints, 48; protection from abuse petitions, 32; quiet title actions, 2; judgments,141; miscellaneous,1; and stipulations/waivers of liens, 6. The office staff also received and processed 127 applications for U.S. Passports.

Behrens' financial report shows that $37,924.88 was generated as follows: prothonotary's fees, $31,704.10; interest income, $2.58; PFA Surcharge, courts, $25; PFA Surcharge, Sheriff, $44.20; custody fees, $550; and data processing charges, $5,599.

The prothonotary also remitted $5,361.75 to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Revenue, representing state fees collected locally, and $78.40 to the Administrative Offices of the Pennsylvania Courts, this being surcharges on new custody cases in accordance with Act 119 of 1996. Another $1,427.64 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 190 deeds, 220 mortgages and 391 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 $29,847.75. A breakdown of that revenue includes: transfer fees, $24,314; data processing fees, $2,308.26; notaries, $70; commission on transfers and writs, $2,135.79; and Affordable Housing administrative fee, $1,019.70.

McCall remitted $400.50 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 $103,302.41, the same amount that was forwarded to the state in realty transfer taxes.

McCall deposited $2,430 in the Recorder of Deeds Record Improvement Fund and $1,620 in the Carbon County Records Improvement Fund, these being fees assessed by state law on each transaction for records management needs. An additional $17,319.50 was collected and remitted to the state for its Judicial Computer System program.

Also, $5,778.30 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 $264,000.87.

Deeds recorded

Penn Forest Township

John G. Wolfe to Joseph A. Scarole, Collegeville, Pa., Lot 1337, Section III, Towamensing Trails, $140,000.

Joseph Flammia Jr. to Mitchell Ross, 1 Mountain Road, Albrightsville, INdian Mountain Lakes Lot 1602, Section N-II, $5,000.

Tax Claim Bureau of Carbon County to Mitchell Ross, 1 Mountain Road, Albrightsville, three transactions, lots 1122, 1123 and 209, Section N-I, Indian Mountain Lakes, $1,251 each.

George Vorreas to Tyco Realty, Inc., Mount Pocono, Lot 1008, Section B, Indian Mountain Lakes, $7,500.

Tyco Realty, Inc., to Carlo Sibilla, Howard Beach, N.Y., Lot 1008, Section B, Indian Mountain Lakes, $139,630.

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