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Carbon County Court news

Published August 06. 2011 09:01AM

Revenue from deeds

Carbon County Recorder of Deeds Emmett P. McCall reported his office recorded 140 deeds, 176 mortgages and 380 other writs during the month of July.

As a result of those transactions, McCall turned over to the Carbon County General Fund the sum of $23,754.76. A breakdown of that revenue includes: transfer fees, $19,678.50; data processing fees, $1,411.50; notaries, $80; commission on transfers and writs, $1,854.56; and Affordable Housing administrative fee, $730.20.

McCall remitted $348 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 $90,516.76, the same amount that was forwarded to the state in realty transfer taxes.

McCall deposited $2,091 in the Recorder of Deeds Record Improvement Fund and $1,394 in the Carbon County Records Improvement Fund, these being fees assessed by state law on each transaction for records management needs. An additional $15,322 was collected and remitted to the state for its Judicial Computer System program.

Also, $4,137.80 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 $228,081.08.

Prothonotary's report

A total of 347 cases were started in July 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:

Assessment appeals, 2; civil actions,50; custody complaints, 25; district justice appeals, 9; divorce complaints, 22; ejectments, 2; eminent domain/declaration of taking, 1; equity action, 1; license appeals, 3; mortgage foreclosure complaints, 12; partition complaint, 1; protection from abuse petitions, 32; quiet title action, 1; judgments, 178; miscellaneous cases, 6; and stipulations/waivers of liens, 2. The office staff also received and processed 74 applications for U.S. Passports.

Behrens' financial report shows $33,403.66 was generated as follows: prothonotary's fees, $26,989.38; interest income, $1.51; PFA surcharge, courts, $100; PFA surcharge, Sheriff, $75; custody fees, $1,300; and data processing fees, $4,937.77.

The prothonotary also remitted $3,462.29 to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Revenue, representing state fees collected locally, and $78 to the Administrative Offices of the Pennsylvania Courts, this being surcharges on new custody cases in accordance with Act 119 of 1996. Another $1,283.50 was deposited in the Prothonotary's Automation Fund for future use in automating the office.

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