HARRISBURG – State Sen. Jarrett Coleman (R-16) today announced residents in Bucks and Lehigh counties recently benefitted from more than $1.2 million in funding made available through Pennsylvania’s Impact Fee on unconventional natural gas wells.
“The revenue from Pennsylvania’s Impact Fee on natural gas producers is making it possible to fund important community projects in Bucks and Lehigh counties,” Coleman said.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) anticipates nearly $280 million in Impact Fee revenue will be distributed across the commonwealth in 2023, representing a 19% increase compared to 2022.
More than $770,000 in Impact Fee revenue was delivered to Bucks County in 2022. The county has benefitted from more than $6.7 million in funding since the Impact Fee revenues were first distributed.
Lehigh County benefitted from nearly $450,000 in funding made available in 2022 through Impact Fee revenues. The county has received more than $3.8 million since the fee was enacted.
“Despite talking points to the contrary, Pennsylvania’s Impact Fee has generated more than $2.5 billion in new tax revenue for communities across the commonwealth since it was enacted,” Coleman said. “The programs and projects funded with natural gas Impact Fee revenue have improved the lives of residents in the 16th District.”
Pennsylvania’s Impact Fee on unconventional natural gas wells was created through Act 13 of 2012. The law created the formula used to distribute funds to the 67 counties in Pennsylvania, its municipal governments and projects in the commonwealth’s communities.
A complete list of disbursements is available on the PUC website at www.puc.state.pa.us.
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