Carbon County Court news
Revenue from deeds
Carbon County Recorder of Deeds Emmett P. McCall reported his office recorded 146 deeds, 203 mortgages and 528 other writs during the month of January.
As a result of those transactions, McCall turned over to the Carbon County General Fund the sum of $30,111.53. A breakdown of that revenue includes: transfer fees, $24,557; data processing fees, $2,860; notaries, $30; commission on transfers and writs, $1,710.53; and Affordable Housing administrative fee, $954.
McCall remitted $438.50 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 $83,797.48, the same amount that was forwarded to the state in realty transfer taxes.
McCall deposited $2,544 in the Recorder of Deeds Record Improvement Fund and $1,696 in the Carbon County Records Improvement Fund, these being fees assessed by state law on each transaction for records management needs. An additional $18,259.50 was collected and remitted to the state for its Judicial Computer System program.
Also, $5,406 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 $226,050.49.
A total of 289, cases were started in January in the office of Carbon County Prothonotary Joann M. Behrens, according to an annual statistical report released by the officeholder. A breakdown of the new cases is as follows:
Civil actions, 60; custody complaints, 24; district justice appeals, 6; divorce complaints, 13; ejectment, 2; eminent domain/declaration of taking, 2; license appeals, 2; mortgage foreclosure complaints, 39; municipal appeal, 1; protection from abuse petitions, 25; quiet title actions, 3; replevin complain, 1; court appointments, 6; auditor/financial reports, 2; court appointments, 6; judgments, 91; miscellaneous, 3; paternity, 1; stipulations/waivers of liens,1; and writ of exectuion, 1. The office staff also received and processed 79 applications for U.S. Passports.
Behrens' financial report shows $29,846.24 was generated as follows: prothonotary's fees, $25,046.84; PFA Surcharge, courts, $25; PFA Surcharge, Sheriff, $25; custody fees, $300; data processing charges, $4.449.40.
The prothonotary also remitted $3,743.30 to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Revenue, representing state fees collected locally, and $72.80 to the Administrative Offices of the Pennsylvania Courts, this being surcharges on new custody cases in accordance with Act 119 of 1996. Another $1,060 deposited in the Prothonotary's Automation Fund for future use in automating the office.