[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bellefonte 9-8-1970 by Ord. No. 651 (Ch. 250 of the 1979 Codified Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purpose of obtaining accurate information with reference to the ownership of real estate in the Borough, a real estate registry is hereby established to show the situation, dimensions and location of each property in the Borough and the name of the owner or owners thereof. Such real estate registry shall be prepared and afterwards maintained by the Borough Secretary under the direction of Council in the manner set forth in the applicable provisions of the Borough Code.
For the purpose of establishing such registry, the person in charge of the real estate registry of the Borough shall have access without charge to any public records wherein the necessary information may be obtainable and may also cause a search to be made in other places for any muniments or evidences of title not reported to him as herein provided requisite for the completion of such books, maps or plans.
The registry books, maps and plans shall be carefully preserved and shall be so kept by additions from time to time as to show the ownership of every lot or piece of real estate or subdivision thereof within the limits of the Borough, with the succeeding transmissions of title from the time of commencement of such plans. However, nothing contained therein shall at any time invalidate any municipal or tax claim by reason of the fact that the same is not assessed or levied against the registered owner.
It shall be the duty of all owners of real estate within the limits of the Borough, within one month after the date of the enactment of this chapter (Ordinance No. 651, adopted September 8, 1970), and of every subsequent purchaser, devisee or other owner, within one month after acquiring title in any manner to any real estate in the Borough, to furnish to the person in charge of the real estate registry, at his office, descriptions of their respective properties upon blanks to be furnished by the Borough and at the same time to present their conveyances to be stamped as evidence of the registry thereof.
The Borough Secretary shall maintain an office at the Borough Building for the purpose of registering real estate within the Borough.
The County Sheriff shall present for registry the deeds of all properties within the Borough sold by him at judicial sales and the County Recorder of Deeds shall not admit for record any deed of any property in the Borough bearing a date subsequent to the enactment of this chapter (Ordinance No. 651, adopted September 8, 1970) unless the same has first been duly stamped as herein provided.