Natural Gas Impact Fee Having a Positive Impact on Townships
On Friday, April 4, Gov. Tom Corbett and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission announced the latest collection numbers for the commonwealth’s natural gas impact fee. In the latest round, collections are expected to increase from $195 million in 2013 to $224.5 million in 2014.
Revenues from the impact fee, made possible through Act 13 of 2012, are benefiting local governments throughout the commonwealth, particularly those in the Marcellus Shale region, which are investing in a variety of things — from purchasing playground equipment to hiring new police officers — to benefit residents.
The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors supports the local impact fee and welcomes the positive impact it’s having throughout the state.
In response to Gov. Corbett’s announcement, PSATS Executive Director David M. Sanko issued the following statement:
"Townships across Pennsylvania got great news on Friday when the commonwealth announced that it expects to collect $224.5 million in 2014 through the state’s natural gas impact fee.
“The funding is doing exactly what Gov. Corbett and lawmakers intended: It’s helping townships in every corner of the state, especially those in the Marcellus Shale region. Today, these communities are able to invest in services and projects that, until the impact fee came along, were financially out of their reach.
“Our members tell us they’re now able to buy new playground equipment, hire new police officers, help their volunteer fire companies stay afloat, and update their infrastructure with new storm pipes and repaved roads.
“The funding, coupled with the $2.3 billion in new transportation money, is providing unprecedented revenues to improve Pennsylvania and its municipalities. Ultimately, though, the biggest winners are Pennsylvanians.”
PSATS represents the 1,454 townships of the second class across Pennsylvania. Townships, in turn, represent 5.5 million Pennsylvanians, more than any other type of political subdivision in the commonwealth, and they cover 95 percent of the commonwealth’s land mass.