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 $26 million in funding as a result of the impact fee levied on unconventional natural gas wells in 2015, according to Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).

Beaver, Greene and Washington counties will receive a combined total of nearly $10 million in revenues, and individual municipalities within the 46th District will receive a combined total of more than $16 million.

“This funding highlights the significance of the natural gas industry in promoting our local economy,” Bartolotta said. “The taxes and fees paid by the natural gas industry support numerous projects throughout the region, and these improvements only underscore the importance of supporting the responsible development of our natural resources without creating a business climate that discourages new investments and business growth.”

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 $187 million in revenues for Pennsylvania counties and municipalities in 2015 alone. The total was a reduction from the $223 million generated in 2014. Since the impact fee was created in 2010, revenue returned to Pennsylvania counties and municipalities totals more than a billion dollars.

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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