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Area receives $61K in drilling impact fees

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 4:13 p.m.

Another round of state drilling-impact fees means more than $61,000 will come to Penn-Trafford School District communities in early July.

Collectively, the municipalities are getting 6.6 percent more than last year's allotment based on a formula that accounts for drilling within and near a community's borders.

This is the third year of funding from the state Public Utility Commission following the creation of the fee in 2012 by state lawmakers.

Statewide, the fee generated $225.8 million in 2013, up 11.4 percent from 2012.

Locally, Penn Township leads the way with $49,340, followed by Manor, $7,269; Trafford, $3,269; and Penn Borough, $1,289.

Penn Township already has budgeted the money for its $1.36-million summer road-paving project, finance director Linda Iams said. Last year, the township used some of its funding for the installation of a prefabricated temporary bridge on Saunders Station Road.

After reserving $14,114 from the two previous rounds of funding in a separate account, Manor Council spent the first $4,576 in May for two Motorola radios for the borough's emergency operations center. Manager Joe Lapia said council hasn't yet discussed how to spend the remaining money, but officials anticipated discussing road-paving options at their meeting on Wednesday night before deadline for this issue.

Trafford's practice has been to pledge the impact fees and other revenues from gas wells in the borough to the recreation account, Manager Jeff McLaughlin said.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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