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P PA Impact fees


ennsylvania’s government—at many levels— is using impact fees from the shale industry in a variety of community-serving ways. In Harrisburg, Gov. Tom Corbett announced that the state’s Growing Greener Grant Program for watershed protection and abandoned mine drainage projects will be enriched by impact fees.


“Each year, these grants are offered to deserving environmental stewards across Pennsylvania,” Corbett said. “The infusion of Act 13 dollars has given this program a deserved boost, so that more positive environmental projects can take shape.”


Act 13 impact fee revenues are expected to pump more than $7.8 million into the Environmental Stewardship Fund to support the Growing Greener program, which also is funded by a series of bond issues and a fee on waste entering landfills. The infusion of impact fee revenues restores funding levels to where they stood before the fund was obligated to pay debt service on the bond issues.


A total of $16 million is available through the Pennsylvania Growing Greener program for projects to improve water quality in impaired waterways or to protect water quality where the watershed may be threatened by nonpoint sources, such as agricultural, urban runoff or acid mine drainage.


improve communities ELSEWHERE AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH:


In Erie County, impact fee proceeds will provide half the estimated cost to repair and reopen a bridge and to repair twin culverts in McKean Township. Local municipalities will pay the rest of the bill.


“We were thrilled to get the money,” McKean Township Supervisor Jan Dennis told the Erie Times-News. “It’s helping us tremendously. We were going to use our own workforce to do the repairs. Now, with the match money, we can bid it out to contractors.”


Erie County’s bridge program so far has received almost $800,000 in Marcellus funding.


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In Cumberland County, the commissioners voted to distribute an expected $118,000 of the county’s share of this year’s impact fees to the Cumberland Land Partnerships Grant Program. According to PennLive, the money will be passed on to municipalities and conservation groups to fund green projects.


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For the second year, Cumberland County will split its impact- fee funds between the Land Partnerships Grant Program and farmland preservation.


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