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The Honorable Jeff Pyle, jpyle@pahousegop.com
Gas Impact Fees Net Over $1.7 Million for 60th District
10/22/2012
HARRISBURG – A state report issued this week on the impact fees collected from companies conducting natural gas exploration showed revenues that are much higher than expected in the nine short months the fees have been in effect, bringing in $570,374 for Armstrong County and $357,825 for Indiana County, Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Indiana) said today.

House Bill 1950, which Pyle strongly supported, was signed into law in February, creating Act 13, the Marcellus Impact Fee Law. At that time, critics of the law were skeptical of experts’ predictions that the new fees would bring in about $180 million in the first year. Instead, the impact fees have brought in over $204 million for the state as a whole in less than a year, and more than $1.7 million to Rep. Pyle’s legislative district alone.

“I am generally opposed to imposing financial burdens on our job creators in order to send more money to Harrisburg that invariably is spent on items dear to politicians’ hearts, but unwanted and unneeded by most Pennsylvanians,” Pyle said. “I supported Act 13 because the law sends the lion’s share of the money directly to the local communities that host natural gas exploration, enabling them to maintain roads that get heavier use due to gas well equipment and to bolster their environmental and emergency response programs.”

In addition to the $570,374 for Armstrong County, the Marcellus fee distributions for Armstrong County municipalities within the 60th District total $652,278. The municipal breakdowns are as follows:

• APOLLO BOROUGH $2,867.27
• APPLEWOLD BOROUGH $1,134.49
• BURRELL TOWNSHIP $6,931.58
• EAST FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP $111,029.88
• FORD CITY BOROUGH $11,187.73
• FORD CLIFF BOROUGH $1,479.56
• FREEPORT BOROUGH $6,274.82
• KISKIMINETAS TOWNSHIP $24,137.59
• KITTANNING BOROUGH $13,985.16
• KITTANNING TOWNSHIP $79,341.17
• MANOR TOWNSHIP $128,002.12
• MANORVILLE BOROUGH $1,512.72
• NORTH APOLLO BOROUGH $2,452.16
• NORTH BUFFALO TOWNSHIP $104,558.88
• RAYBURN TOWNSHIP $17,711.15
• SOUTH BEND TOWNSHIP $27,402.07
• SOUTH BUFFALO TOWNSHIP $43,018.83
• VALLEY TOWNSHIP $5,358.27
• WEST FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP $57,046.25
• WEST KITTANNING BOROUGH $4,368.43
• WORTHINGTON BOROUGH $2,477.87

In addition to the $357,825 for Indiana County, The Marcellus fee distributions for Indiana County municipalities within the 60th District total $178,833.84. The municipal breakdowns are as follows:

• ARMSTRONG TOWNSHIP $9,884.74
• BRUSH VALLEY TOWNSHIP $25,046.19
• CHERRYHILL TOWNSHIP $82,400.02
• CREEKSIDE BOROUGH $284.07
• ERNEST BOROUGH $372.90
• GREEN TOWNSHIP $38,541.76
• RAYNE TOWNSHIP $10,860.02
• SHELOCTA BOROUGH $120.90
• WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP $8,323.24

Pyle said that Armstrong and Indiana counties and their municipalities may use these funds on expenses related to impacts from natural gas development, such as:

• Construction, repair and maintenance of roads, bridges and other public infrastructure.
• Water, storm water and sewer system construction and repair.
• Emergency response preparedness, training, equipment, responder recruitment.
• Preservation and reclamation of surface and subsurface water supplies.
• Records management, geographic information systems and information technology.
• Projects which increase the availability of affordable housing to low-income residents.
• Social services, including drug and alcohol treatment, job training and counseling.
• Offsetting increased judicial system costs, including training.
• Assistance to counties for oversight and enforcement of natural gas development.
• County or municipal planning.

“Nearly 240,000 Pennsylvanians are employed solely because of our oil and gas industry,” Pyle said. “The $204.2 million in impact fee revenue doesn’t even include the more than $1.6 billion in corporate, sales and personal income taxes generated by the industry since 2006, including $420 million last year. Pennsylvania’s energy industry is driving our economy back from the brink of where misguided federal policies brought us, and Act 13 ensures our environment is protected and guarantees that our local communities benefit from this economic boom as they should.”

For a detailed list of exactly what each county and local municipality in Pennsylvania will receive from Act 13 fees, visit JeffPyle.net and click on the “Marcellus Impact Fee Distribution” banner.

State Representative Jeff Pyle
60th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Charles Lardner
clardner@pahousegop.com
717.260.6443

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