Two state Senate committees will hear testimony on Tuesday from stakeholders on what the impact fee from natural gas drilling in the state has done for them.
Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, and Scott Hutchinson, chairman of the Senate Local Committee, will join the two committee hearings together. The joint hearing begins at 8:30 a.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building.
Testimony is expected from economic development organizations, counties, conservation districts and townships on the benefits they receive from the impact fee, which was signed into law by former Gov. Tom Corbett in 2012.
Natural gas companies have paid out over $630 million in impact fees to the Pennsylvania Utility Commission since the law was enacted.
“The advantage of the impact fee is that the funds are driven directly back to affected communities instead of becoming mired in the Harrisburg bureaucracy like so many other taxes,” Hutchinson said. “I have seen its benefits on municipalities throughout my Senate district, providing an important source of revenue to local governments that improves services for their residents.”
Yaw said that in his district, the impact fee has generated more than $120 million since 2013.
“No other law in history has returned so much to rural Pennsylvania,” Yaw said. “This hearing will provide an opportunity to listen and learn more about what other statewide local and county governments are doing to leverage their impact-fee funding.”
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