HARRISBURG – The Impact Fee on unconventional natural gas wells will once again deliver millions of dollars in funding to communities and projects throughout the 46th Senatorial District, including Washington and Greene counties and parts of Beaver County, according to Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46).
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 affected by drilling receive their fair share of funding for projects such as road and bridge repairs, housing and other infrastructure needs.
The Impact Fee provides funding to the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which in turn has generated more than $43.5 million in grants for the 46th Senatorial District.
The 46th District’s impact fee distribution allocates:
- $6.5 million to Greene County government.
- $11.1 million to Greene County municipalities.
- $9 million to Washington County government.
- $15.7 million to Washington County municipalities.
- $936,634 to Beaver County government.
- $53,771 to Hanover Township.
- $158,638 to Independence Township.
- $260 to Frankfort Springs.
“Remarkably, 27% of all county and municipal Impact Fee Distributions for the entire state are going to just Greene and Washington counties. It’s quite a sizable sum of money that will be put to great use improving our area for everyone’s benefit,” Bartolotta said.
With the 2022 distribution, the natural gas industry, which provides thousands of family-sustaining jobs, has paid $2.5 billion in impact fees since 2012.
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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