Local Counties, Municipalities to Receive Impact Fee Revenue

HARRISBURG – Counties and municipalities that make up the 46th Senatorial District will receive a total of more than $29.5 million in funding as a result of the impact fee levied on unconventional natural gas wells in 2014, according to Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).

Beaver, Greene and Washington counties will receive a combined total of nearly $11.5 million in revenues, and individual municipalities within the 46th District will receive a combined total of more than $18 million.

“These disbursements underscore the importance of the natural gas industry to our economy, both regionally and statewide,” Bartolotta said. “These fees are a reminder that we must continue to pursue commonsense policies in relation to the industry and not jeopardize local priorities, job growth and economic development for the sake of political ideology.”

Impact fees are levied in addition to regular business taxes paid by every corporation in Pennsylvania. The disbursements were based on a formula established in Act 13 of 2012 to ensure communities that are affected by drilling receive their fair share of funding for projects like road and bridge repairs, housing and other infrastructure needs.

The impact fee generated $223 million in revenues for Pennsylvania counties and municipalities in 2014 alone. Since the impact fee was created in 2010, revenue returned to Pennsylvania counties and municipalities totals more than $850 million.

A complete list of disbursements to counties and municipalities is available on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s website at www.puc.state.pa.us.

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