– Communities in the 110th District in Bradford, Sullivan and Susquehanna counties will share nearly $18.3 million in impact fee revenue that was generated in 2016, Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) announced today.
Since the impact fee went into effect in 2012, nearly $143.3 million has benefited the municipalities and counties within the 110th District.
“Drilling has definitely slowed down across the state, as evidenced by the lower totals, but our area still ranks among the top counties in terms of impact fee revenue,” Pickett said, noting that Bradford County ranked third overall in terms of revenue generated. “As long as drilling is occurring, impact fee revenue will help our local governments deal with the effects caused by the activity – in terms of more affordable housing, road repairs and improvements, flood protection efforts and stabilizing local tax rates.”
In 2016, $173.2 million was generated, down from $187.7 million from the year before. The impact fee is based upon the age of the well and the market price of natural gas. Sixty percent of the total impact fee revenue is divided among municipalities with drilling activity, while the remaining 40 percent is collected for statewide uses. Local counties also see a share of that revenue.
The following impact fee revenue amounts were announced for the three counties and their eligible municipalities that are part of the 110th District:
Bradford -- $4.3 million to the county, and a total of $5.2 million for municipalities.
Sullivan -- $419,312 to the county, and a total of $700,998 for municipalities.
Susquehanna -- $4.9 million to the county, and a total of $2.8 million for municipalities.
In addition, impact fee revenue that is directed to state government will help to enforce clean air and water statutes; plan for emergencies; develop, deliver and sustain training and grant programs for first responders; and help transition traditional fuel-powered vehicles to clean natural gas.
Representative Tina Pickett
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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