Local Leaders: Natural Gas Impact Tax Revenues a “Blessing”

Local leaders across the Commonwealth agree: Pennsylvania’s natural gas impact tax works.

The natural gas impact tax generated a record $251.8 million in 2018, bringing the seven-year total to $1.7 billion in new revenue for Pennsylvania communities and statewide environmental initiatives. Communities use the impact tax revenues to fund a host of priorities, from enhancing road and bridge infrastructure to updating local parks, playgrounds and trails.

Here’s what a few elected officials have said recently about the local benefits of Pa.’s natural gas impact tax:

Supervisor David Slifka: “With all the storms we’ve been having … infrastructure is what we’re really concerned with right now. We’ve bought equipment in the past. If something breaks down, we know we have the luxury of that impact (fee) money. We’re fortunate that we have that buffer, that backup.” (Tribune-Review)

Supervisor Brian Merdian: “I don’t know where we’d be without it. When I saw [the increase from 2018], I was shocked. I thought, ‘What a blessing’…I’m confident to think that public works would be the majority, if not the sole, beneficiary of this revenue. These monies have really been our lifeline and have kept us afloat.” (Tribune-Review)

Commissioner Ted Kopas: “The fact that it is purposely broad has allowed us to fund not just specific projects but some general county-related business that has helped offset reliance on county property tax dollars.” (Tribune-Review)

Commissioner Vincent Vicites: “I think Act 13 has really helped Fayette County since its inception…It has benefited everyone county wide.” (Herald-Standard)

Commissioner Rick Mirabito: “It’s good news for the county and local municipalities. We try to use Act 13 funds to foster economic development by using it for major projects.” (Sun-Gazette)

Commissioner Tony Mussare: “This has improved the quality of life for all the residents of Lycoming County.” (Sun-Gazette)

Commissioner Jack McKernan: “We whole heartedly believe in the impact fee and the good that it’s done in Lycoming County … It gives the county flexibility to use the money where it’s needed. We’ve used it for the airport, senior centers and other projects. Lycoming County has gone back to the state to receive additional money for senior housing. There’s money through DEP we’re working to tap for our levee project.” (Press Conference)

McKean County Commissioner Cliff Lane: “Last year it was information technology for $275,000, and social services almost $122,000…If we didn’t have that revenue, we would have to raise taxes.” (Bradford Era)

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