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Litz brings Local Government, Small Business, and Conservation Experience to the Table.

   Jo Ellen is a 5-term Lebanon County Commissioner who is the Boots on the Ground for local government implementing programs to Protect Children, Serve Families, Secure Justice, Manage Emergencies, and Safeguard Elections.  In short, Commissioner Litz Safeguards the Public Trust.

Whether it was the 2004 Campbelltown Tornado, Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, Jonas 30" Snowstorm 2016 , or the Summer Storm of 2018,

I've been here for you.

Litz was elected by her peers from across the state of Pennsylvania to serve as the 2012 president and 2013 chairman of the Board for the statewide commissioner's association. 

Litz is about starting a conversation from public structures like roads and bridges, water and sewer, schools, and energy.  A sound infrastructure is the basis of a sound economy.  Litz believes we need these Economy Boosting Jobs to put money into the pockets of people so that they can buy homes, cars, and goods.  Litz supports a transportation plan to make our roads and bridges safe.  In this way, we will create good paying jobs, get people to these jobs, our goods to market, and children to schools. 

Jo Ellen served as the chair of the MPO (2012-15)--Metropolitan Planning Organization for Lebanon County--where she helps to prioritize local road and bridge projects with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. 

Keep Litz doing the People's Business.


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Each of us is at a different place in our life.  Some people can volunteer time.  Other people can provide financial support--$5, $50, or $500 a month.  Whatever your situation, your contribution of time and or money is gratefully appreciated.   

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Thank you for your help and support during this campaign.  Your unwavering commitment is the wind beneath my wings.

On election day, every vote matters.  You matter!  And I can't win this race without you.


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Honorary Chair:     Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll --a woman who broke the glass ceiling and contributed greatly to PA politics; born in 1930, died November 12, 2008.

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Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts

bulletProthonotary & Clerk of Courts is Barb Smith.  Her office falls under the court system.  Lisa and her staff are ready to serve you in room 104, 400 S 8th St., Lebanon.  Call 274-2801.
bulletThe first task of the office is recording the various documents in a case.  Civil or Criminal, the procedure is similar.  Each file has a name or caption, a number and contents.  The contents must be identified by title, date filed, and who signed the document.  Certain legal actions or service notations (or follow up) that occur as a result of specific documents must be recorded.  This accumulation of information is called a "docket."  The entries are called "docket entries."   Some of the docket entries are repetitive from case to case and can be repeated through a "set out" or a numbered entry.  Some entries in a case are individual and must be typed out.  The total number of entries for both the Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts offices now exceed 100,000.
bulletIn 1994, the Supreme Court amended the Clerk of Courts rule 9025 and the Prothonotary's rule 236.  These rules deal with notification of orders.  Both rules require the preparation of a Certificate of Service on each order and the newly created document must be added to the case docket.  While the Clerk of Courts already had a similar procedure for some types of orders, the rule change required the procedure for all orders.
Year Civil Family MH/MR UCC's Passports Prob. Liens Receipts
1991 2710 1125 378 1508 863 000 $168,135
1992 2006 1138 356 1376 785 997 $170,556
1993 1685 1015 330 857 1023 795 $208,920
1994 1565 915 369 986 1044 779 $206,554
1995 1544 961 363 875 1046 1005 $214,937
1996 1503 926 339 948 1116 929 $223,927
bulletThe fee structure within the Prothonotary's Office is set by State statute.  The State legislature last addressed the fees in 1983.
bulletAct 151 or the Children's Trust Fund Act implemented the collection of a Divorce Surcharge of $10 on each Complaint in Divorce.  There is no commission to the County for collection.
bulletJCP fee is mandated for the use of the State Judicial Computer Program and requires the collection of a $5 fee on each new Civil Action as well as each count in Family Court actions, a $5 fee for felonies and $1.50 for misdemeanors.  Again, there is no commission to the County for collection. 
bulletIncreased fees on Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Financial Statements filed at the County level provide for a split of 25/75 with the county receiving the smaller portion, approximately $13.40, based on a sample total fee of $53.50.  The fee is increased annually pursuant to the Consumer Price Index.
bulletProtection From Abuse (PFA) Surcharge of $25 on specific orders and the transmission of 100% of all fines collected on violations of court orders do not provide the county a commission.
bulletThe most recent change in Jenn and Dave's Law, Act 119-1996, has the Prothonotary collecting a $5 fee on all new Custody actions.  The split on this fee gives the County $1.
bulletAct 181-1990 and Act 3-1996 require the entry of a judgement against fines and costs assessed to an individual as a result of sentencing in criminal or specific juvenile cases.   At the time a judgement is satisfied, a $14 County fee and a state fee of $.50 is collected.
bulletThe State Legislature and Supreme Court are government entities providing requirements for the Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts.