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Carbon Recorder of Deeds lists annual report for 2018

Published January 15. 2019 12:06PM

Carbon Recorder of Deeds annual report for 2018

More than 8,400 entries were entered in the Carbon County Recorder of Deeds office in 2018, 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 $5,357,408.45 in revenues.

Breakdowns of filings

A breakdown of the filings included: assignment of mortgage, 486; agreement of sale, 8; assignments of rents and leases, 156; assumption agreements, 1; deeds, 2,732; deed-time shares, 108; easements, 102; elected official commissions, 4; elected official bond security, 3; financing statements, UCC-1, 33; financing statements, UCC-3, 27; lease agreements, 7; mortgages, 2,019; mortgage amendments, 2; subdivision maps, 43; survey maps, 8; miscellaneous, 40; miscellaneous with no parcel number, 3; modification agreements, 74; notary commissions, 67; notice of assessments, 4; orders of court, 14; powers of attorney, 219; preferential assessment applications, 67; releases of mortgage, 51; satisfactions of mortgage, 2,121 and subordinations of mortgage, 23.

In all, the office filed 8,433 documents.

County revenue

McCall said the office collected $258,588.50 in recording fees, which was 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, $46,398.07; commission on state realty taxes, $23,174.88; Affordable Housing administrative fee, $12,855; and commission earned on state writs and UCC statements, $146.45. The total revenue the county received from recordings and commissions listed above were $341,162.90.

McCall said some filings throughout the year also resulted in special funds amounting to $114,940 including $72,845 that was generated to assist the county in its Affordable Housing (rehabilitation) program; $16,838 that was received and deposited in the County Records Improvement Fund; and $25,257 that was added to the Recorder of Deeds Improvement Fund.

In addition, the county received $39,748.65, in additional revenue from other services provided by the recorder’s office, including $13,256 in copies; $157.50 in certification of copies; $7,543.01 in rejection fees; $18,190.79 in remote access fees; and $601.35 in miscellaneous recording fees.

In all, McCall was able to turn over to the county $495,851.55.

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, $543,891.42; Lehighton Area School District, $246,558.51; Palmerton Area School District, $187,690.77; Panther Valley Area School District, $53,184.87; Weatherly Area School District, $86,163.45; and Hazleton Area School District, $24,460.17.

Municipalities: Banks Township, $14,870; Beaver Meadows Borough, $9,590.16; Bowmanstown Borough $8,926.85; East Penn Township, $34,988.16; East Side Borough, $7,659.27; Franklin Township, $80,308.02; Jim Thorpe Borough, $71,561.43; Kidder Township North, $35,628.62; Kidder Township South, $181,452.41; Lansford Borough, $11,910.27; Lausanne Township, $1,027.70; Lehigh Township, $8,612.50; Lehighton Borough, $83,931.33; Lower Towamensing Township, $37,765.12; Mahoning Township, $59,467.24; Nesquehoning Borough, $26,822.35; Packer Township, $7,488.80; Palmerton Borough, $65,440.51; Parryville Borough, $3,610.62; Penn Forest Township, $290,876.51; Summit Hill Borough, $14,451.97; Towamensing Township, $75,558.19; Weatherly Borough, $25,746.47; and Weissport Borough, $2,252.96.

State proceeds

McCall also remitted $2,629,618.44 to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including $2,317,478.44 in realty transfer taxes, $670 in notary fees, $307,259.00 In JCS/Access to Justice Funds and $4,211 in writ taxes.

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