Local governments in the 25th senatorial district of Pennsylvania will receive more than $24 million in Marcellus Shale impact fee revenue, according to a recent announcement from the district's State Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25).
For the entire state, more than $225 million in impact fees was collected in 2013 - an 11 percent increase from 2012. To date, the impact fee under Pennsylvania's Act 13 - enacted in 2012 -has generated more than $630 million in new revenue, according to Scarnati.
Checks are expected to reach local governments in the district, which includes Cameron, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties, along with parts of Clearfield and Warren Counties, by the end of June.
"These funds continue to have tremendously positive effects within our region and across the entire state," Scarnati said. "In addition to bringing new jobs and opportunities to our area, the industry is generating revenue through this fee that our communities can use for a wide variety of projects and improvements."
Tioga County and its municipalities will receive the largest share - approximately $12 million - followed by Cameron County with $7 million, Clinton county with $1.5 million, McKean County with $1.1 million, Potter County at approximately $1.1 million and Elk County at $1 million. Jefferson County and surrounding municipalities will receive approximately $584,000, followed by Clearfield County with $272,000.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is responsible for collecting and disbursing impact fee revenue, which can be used towards a number of local services, including infrastructure projects and emergency preparedness.
"The shale industry has brought tens of thousands of family-sustaining jobs and economic growth to Pennsylvania," Scarnati said. "At the same time, it is generating significant funding to protect our environment, promote public safety and enhance our infrastructure. I'm pleased that this impact fee money will directly benefit local residents at a time when budgets are tight and state funding is limited."
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