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Recorder of deeds releases 2013 report

Published January 16. 2014 05:00PM

More than 12,800 entries were entered in the Carbon County Recorder of Deeds office in 2013, according to an annual statistical report released by Emmett P. McCall, the current officeholder.

As a result of the department's activities last year, the Recorder collected and remitted $3,502,409 in revenues.

Breakdowns of filings

A breakdown of the filings included: assignment of mortgage, 663; agreements of sale, 3; assignments of rents and leases, 134; assumption agreement, 1; deeds, 2,356; declaration of taking, 1; deed-time shares, 61; easements, 63; elected official commissions, 2; elected official bond securities, 2; financing statements, UCC-1, 12; financing statements, UCC-3, 35; highway occupancy permits, 2; lease agreements, 10; mortgages, 2,696; mortgage amendments, 10; subdivision maps, 44; survey maps, 8; mortgage extension agreement, 1; miscellaneous, 57; miscellaneous - no parcel, 4; modification agreements, 137; notary commissions, 77; notice of assessments, 13; orders of court, 10; powers of attorney, 170; preferential assessment applications, 43; releases of mortgage, 46; satisfactions of mortgage, 3,226; and subordinations of mortgage, 140. In all, the office filed 10,027 documents.

County revenue

McCall said the office collected $296,430 in recording fees, which were turned over on a monthly basis to the Carbon County General Fund. Other revenue derived from the Recorder of Deeds' office last year included: commission on local realty taxes, $28,359.03; commission on state realty taxes, $14,049; Affordable Housing administrative fee, $13,182; and commission earned on state writs and UCC statements, $173.92. The total revenue the county received from recordings and commissions listed above was $352,194.

McCall said some filings throughout the year also resulted in special funds amounting to $124,816, including $74,701 that was generated to assist the county in its Affordable Housing (rehabilitation) program; $20,046 that was received and deposited in the County Records Improvement Fund; and $30,069 that was added to the Recorder of Deeds Improvement Fund.

In addition, the county received $34,664, in additional revenue from other services provided by the recorder's office, including $16,582.50 in copies; $445.50 in certification of copies; $56 in map copies; $7,225 in rejection fees; $9,953 in remote access fees; and $402.09 in miscellaneous recording fees. In all, McCall was able to turn over to the county $511,656.

Transfer taxes

Meanwhile, as part of the real estate recording process, the recorder's office also collected transfer taxes for area school district and municipalities as follows:

School Districts - Jim Thorpe Area School District, $371,045; Lehighton Area School District, $123,625; Palmerton Area School District, $110,190; Panther Valley Area School District, $34,061.66; Weatherly Area School District, $62,578; and Hazleton Area School District, $7,474.

Municipalities - Banks Township, $5,186; Beaver Meadows Borough, $2,287; Bowmanstown Borough $6,294; East Penn Township, $11,748; East Side Borough, $881; Franklin Township, $36,767; Jim Thorpe Borough, $34,039; Kidder Township North, $16,193; Kidder Township South, $106,748; Lansford Borough, $10,784; Lausanne Township, $1,600; Lehigh Township, $3,534; Lehighton Borough, $30,746; Lower Towamensing Township, $16,619; Mahoning Township, $40,073; Nesquehoning Borough, $12,211; Packer Township, $4,336; Palmerton Borough, $47,701; Parryville Borough, $4,189; Penn Forest Township, $230,256; Summit Hill Borough, $11,066; Towamensing Township, $39,575; Weatherly Borough, $36,031; Weissport Borough, $100.

State proceeds

McCall also remitted $1,625,165 to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including $1,404,954 in realty transfer taxes, $214,414 in JCS/Access to Justice Funds and $5,796 in writ taxes.

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