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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Berks County Gets $349,067.68 Christmas present from driller impact fees even though they have no drilling

Creating a Prosperous Pennsylvania
Governor Corbett is committed to creating a brighter, more prosperous Pennsylvania for all. Over the past two years, he has protected working families from higher taxes and helped create a business environment that produced 105,000 new private sector jobs. 
Under the Governor’s leadership, Pennsylvania is investing more state money in basic education than ever before. And communities all over Pennsylvania are benefitting from the Governor’s energy reforms, like the natural gas impact fee. 
This impact fee is allowing counties to invest more in their communities.  Whether it is upgrading parks or repairing infrastructure, this reform is improving the quality of life of Pennsylvanians all over the state.  Check out the article below from the Reading Eagle to see how one county is benefiting from the Governor’s reforms.

Reading Eagle: County basking in money from drilling impact fees
State spreads wealth; parks first to benefit

BY: Mary Young
December 3rd, 2012
Energy companies aren't drilling into Berks County's limited natural gas deposits.
They have, however, paid $349,068 toward upgrading parks here.

And soon they will pay about $500,000 more to repair county bridges.

The windfall is the result of an impact-fee law passed by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. Tom Corbett earlier this year.

Even counties that don't have drilling get a share of the money. The law spelled out how the money paid by companies drilling in the Marcellus shale elsewhere can be used.

The first check must be spent on parks, open space and nature, said Berks County Commissioner Kevin S. Barnhardt, who attends meetings of the parks and recreation board on behalf of the commissioners.

Parks Director Clare W. Adams said some of the money will fund the continuing work on Antietam Lake Park and the rest likely will go toward implementing a capital project plan put together earlier this year.

"We need to address some deferred maintenance, basic things like new roofing, updated plumbing and electrical, parking lot renovations and replacing windows and furnaces," she said. "We've spread the work out over five years."

Commissioner Mark C. Scott said the shale money enables the county to accomplish its goals for parks more quickly. Even though the uses for the money are limited, it's definitely a help given the county's tight budget, Commissioner Christian Y. Leinbach said.

The parks board and staff are excited about having extra money, Adams said.

"We got an early $349,067.68 Christmas present," she said. "We are very grateful for this program."


Anonymous said...

lol not yet there just greasing the palms right now... wait for the bite

Anonymous said...

Pha-Que Tom Corbett! Scumbag!!!

Anonymous said...

The money should stay in the counties that have to put up with all the effects of having drilling done there.

Anonymous said...

Both of you posters are just mad because you do not benefit. You should have bought land instead of renting. Too bad for you two.

Anonymous said...

This is ridiculous! Berks County shouldn't be getting this money for parks. If the governor wants to share the wealth, perhaps they should look at funding the transportation budget with the excess instead of trying bankrupt the turnpike. Our state highways are more directly impacted by drilling than parks in Berks County. Is there ANY common sense in Harrisburg?

Anonymous said...

Not much.