22A:4-17 Disposition of fees of county officers.
22A:4-17. a. All fees, costs, allowances, percentages and other perquisites of whatever kind which surrogates, county clerks in their several capacities, registers of deeds and mortgages, and sheriffs or persons employed in their offices are entitled to charge and receive for any official acts or services they may render shall be for the sole use of the county and shall be accounted for regularly to the county treasurer; however, such monies shall be utilized to increase the salaries of surrogates, county clerks, registers of deeds and mortgages and sheriffs, except as provided in section 6 of P.L.2001, c.370 (C.22A:4-8.1), section 7 of P.L.1985, c.422 (C.22A:4-17.1) and section 4 of P.L.1988, c.109 (C.22A:4-17.2).
Such accounting shall be made on or before the fifteenth day of each month on form blanks supplied by the county treasurer. The statement of account shall clearly set forth all sums charged or taxed or which shall have accrued or become payable during the preceding month. Such statements shall be made under oath and filed in the office of the county treasurer as public records.
Such statements when received by the county treasurer shall be forthwith audited by the county auditor or other proper officer.
On or before the twentieth day of each month surrogates, county clerks, registers of deeds and mortgages, and sheriffs shall pay over the amount of such fees and moneys to the county treasurer and such officers shall be personally liable to the county for such fees and moneys.
The penalty for each day's neglect to file the required statement of account or to pay over such moneys shall be one hundred dollars ($100.00) to be recovered in the name of the board of chosen freeholders of the county in a civil action in the Superior Court, and said officers may also be proceeded against by proceeding in lieu of prerogative writ.
b. (1) In addition to the fees authorized in N.J.S.22A:4-4.1, and except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, upon resolution or ordinance of the county governing body, as appropriate, a surcharge of three dollars shall be charged for each document recorded, which will be in addition to any other charge allowed by law. The county treasurer shall deposit the surcharges so collected into a fund that shall be used by the county to accomplish the purposes of P.L.2009, c.123 (C.52:27D-287a et al.). This fund shall be known as the "County Homelessness Housing Trust Fund." Five percent of the fund may be used annually by the county for administrative costs related to administration of the fund and the grant program established pursuant to P.L.2009, c.123 (C.52:27D-287a et al.), and the remainder only for homelessness housing programs as described in P.L.2009, c.123 (C.52:27D-287a et al.).
(2)The surcharge imposed in this section does not apply to assignments or substitutions of previously recorded deeds of trust.
Amended 1991, c.91, s.276; 2001, c.370, s.7; 2009, c.123, s.8.
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