People Above Politics

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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County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz speaks to voters- Duration- 78 seconds


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Invest in my campaign for commissioner.  As a TEAM, we can overcome Big Money, and make this a People's Campaign.  Are you with me?

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.   

Your early and/or monthly donation will help Jo Ellen to get elected by printing literature, reserving media buys, ordering signs….  

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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Thank you for your support and for all that you do.

Sincerely, Jo Ellen

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Team Litz:  Treasurer, Cathy Garrison

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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Lebanon County Recorder of Deeds Office

bulletDonna Lutz is the Recorder of Deeds, elected to a four year term of office.
bulletRecording Fees
bulletSenate Bill No. 1251
bulletAct 87 April 8, 1982
bulletLine 12, Section 5, page 5
bulletAmended by Act 8 of 1998
bulletEffective Date:  March 30, 1998
bulletRecorder of Deeds
bulletImportant Information:
bulletWhen submitting documents for recording, if the recorder is to certify the document, the costs for certification are as follows:
bulletAll documents presented for recording must be accompanied by a self addressed stamped envelope.
bulletWhere no fee is specified the fee shall be set by the Recorder of Deeds
bulletAll fees & said tax shall be payable in advance.
bulletRealty transfer tax
bulletPennsylvania Tax  -  One Percent on consideration
bulletLocal Tax  -  One percent on consideration
bulletThe local realty transfer tax is collected for all county taxing bodies.
bulletAll deeds must set forth the true consideration or have attached thereto one complete statement of value.  All information must be completed on the statement of value (street addresses, consideration, assessed value, fair market value & an explanation) as to whether or not it is a taxable transaction.
bulletWhere the property is located in two or more taxing authorities, the person recording the deed shall give the monetary breakdown of the local taxes on the document.
bulletThe Statement of Value must be completed in full and signed by a responsible person connected with the transaction. No Statement of Value is required when the range is wholly exempt from tax based on:   
a) family relationship (grandparent, parent, child, brother or sister).  Please note that step-relationships are not exempt from tax.
b) Public utility easements.
bulletAll deeds must have a signed certificate of address for the grantee.
bulletRe-recorded or corrective documents must clearly state the reason for re-recording or correction, and must have new signatures and new acknowledgements.
bulletMultiple papers constituting one transaction must be clearly numbered as to the proper order in which they are to be filed.
bulletAll foreign language documents must include written English translation to record along with the original document.
bulletFor current fees, contact the Recorder of Deeds Office.

Fees for Financing Statements and ancillary transactions are set by Act 167 of 1992.  These fees change annually based upon the previous year's consumer price index.  Please call for current fees.   No searches are performed.

1998 Statistics

Affordable Housing $185,773 Deeds 3330
Recording Tax $10,888 Mortgages 9184
Records management $34,636 Miscellaneous 9292
State Fee $12,954.55 Plans 184
Transfer Tax $4,714,034.64