The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) returned more than $2.1 million in licensing fees to over 1,100 municipalities, the board said on Monday.
PLCB Chairman Tim Holden said state law requires the board to return the fees twice a year that were paid by licensees to municipalities that require liquor licenses.
“While we encourage local officials to use the money to address alcohol-related issues in their communities, there are no requirements with regard to how the money is allocated,” Holden said. “We understand each municipality has unique budgetary needs they must address.”
More than 18,000 liquor licenses are overseen by the PLCB in the state, which includes beer distributors, clubs and restaurants. Licensees pay fees ranging from $125 to $700 to renew an annual license. The amount of the fee is based on the population of the municipality and the type of license issued.
The $2.1 million came from fees paid to the board from Aug. 1 to Jan. 31. About 47 cities, 650 townships and 424 boroughs received the returned fees, which ranged from $25 to about $980,000.
In addition to overseeing the liquor licenses, the PLCB also operates about 600 Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores around the state. The taxes from the stores are put into the state's general fund.
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