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Carbon Recorder of Deeds releases statistical report for 2017

Published January 19. 2018 12:36PM

More than 9,100 entries were recorded in the Carbon County Recorder of Deeds office in 2017, 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 $5,116,280.86 in revenues.

Breakdown of filings

A breakdown of the filings included: assignments of mortgage, 933; agreements of sale, 2: assignments of rents and leases, 152; assumption agreements, 3; deeds, 2,906; deed-time shares, 84; easements, 106; elected official commissions, 3; elected official bond security, 1; financing statements, UCC-1, 14; financing statements, UCC-3, 23; lease agreements, 6; mortgages, 2,083; mortgage amendments, 7; subdivision maps, 35; survey maps, 4; miscellaneous, 40; modification agreements, 79; notary commissions, 76; notice of assessments, 2; orders of court, 11; powers of attorney, 252; preferential assessment applications, 66; preferential assessment breach, 1; releases of mortgage, 59; satisfactions of mortgage, 2,181; and subordinations of mortgage, 29.

In all, the office filed 9,167 documents.

County revenue

McCall said the office collected $276,118.50 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, $43,766.16; commission on state realty taxes, $32,871.23; Affordable Housing administrative fee, $13,471.20; and commission earned on state writs and UCC statements, $160.72. The total revenue the county received from recordings and commissions listed above were $366,287.81.

McCall said some filings throughout the year also resulted in special funds amounting to $122,106.80, including $76,336.80 that was generated to assist the county in its Affordable Housing (rehabilitation) Program; $18,308 that was received and deposited in the County Records Improvement Fund; and $27,462 that was added to the Recorder of Deeds Improvement Fund.

In addition, the county received $43,037.48 in additional revenue from other services provided by the recorder’s office, including $15,040.50 in copies; $255 in certification of copies; $7,770.70 in rejection fees; $19,432.95 in remote access fees; and $538.33 in miscellaneous recording fees.

In all, McCall was able to turn over to the county $531,432.09.

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, $510,438.42; Lehighton Area School District, $211,918.47; Palmerton Area School District, $211,491.26; Panther Valley School District, $55,425.49; Weatherly Area School District, $71,700.84; and Hazleton Area School District, $11,295.62.

Municipalities

Banks Township, $8,015.80; Beaver Meadows Borough, $3,279.74; Bowmanstown Borough $9,175.26; East Penn Township, $36,915.19; East Side Borough, $909.93; Franklin Township, $63,352.27; Jim Thorpe Borough, $48,762.47; Kidder Township North, $46,634.22; Kidder Township South, $145,646.98; Lansford Borough, $17,824.51; Lausanne Township, $1,705.20; and Lehigh Township, $4,083.71.

Lehighton Borough, $51,765.88; Lower Towamensing Township, $37,946.35; Mahoning Township, $53,257.75; Nesquehoning Borough, $18,649.42; Packer Township, $6,004.80; Palmerton Borough, $89,472.05; Parryville Borough, $2,502.15; Penn Forest Township, $316,028.20; Summit Hill Borough, $18,951.28; Towamensing Township, $77,867.41; Weatherly Borough, $12,362.85; and Weissport Borough, $4,088.97.

State proceeds

McCall also remitted $2,491,787.25 to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including $2,187,119.00 in realty transfer taxes, $300,071.75 in JCS/Access to Justice Funds and $4,596.50 in writ taxes.

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