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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

George's Bill Would Give Locals Majority of Natural Gas Severance Tax

Tax on gas drillers ... Rep. George: County would reap $800,000
Clearfield Progress

HARRISBURG - Yesterday, state Rep. Camille "Bud" George, D-74 of Houtzdale, said that Clearfield County coffers would realize more than $196,000 and the county's 51 municipalities would share more than $610,000 under his severance tax legislation now under consideration by the state House of Representatives.

"More than $800,000 would stay in Clearfield County just in the first year alone of the tax on gas drillers," George said. "County and local governments would decide how best to use the money to address the strains created by the Marcellus shale gas-drilling boom."

House Bill 1489 would create a Local Government Services Account from which 40 percent of its revenues would go to municipalities where the gas is extracted, 30 percent to counties where the gas is extracted, 20 percent too municipalities without producing sites but within gas-producing counties, and 10 percent to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. More...


Anonymous said...

This is common sense tax regulation that has already been a long time coming. The areas where the drilling is taking place are in desperate need of this revenue to repair road damage done by drilling trucks and rigs, employ additional police officers, health care providers, etc. The cost to the local municipalities related to drilling operations can be tremendous. We need these dollars from the drilling companies themselves to help cover the expenses. It should not be left up to the people living in PA who would end up paying higher taxes themselves. I hope this legislations passes very, very quickly. We need it several months ago.

Anonymous said...

The drilling companies bond the roads, There has not been an increase in police forces in the drilling areas and how does a holsital employing health care professionals cost taxpayers anything?

Do you honestly think someone sitting in Harrisburg is going to send these tax dollars to rural Pennsylvania? It is going to cover the budget defecit that good old Rendell has going.

Wake up

Anonymous said...

"The areas where the drilling is taking place are in desperate need of this revenue"

So we should tax because local governments are over budget?

I can't agree with this tax the rich anti-american thinking?

Anonymous said...

We are over budget in every level of government...what would happen if business owners did this?

Here is an idea, budget the money YOU HAVE TO USE!

Businesses owners do this, they meet their payroll and pay their bills BASED ON THE MONEY THEY GENERATED, got that Harrisburg and Washington?????

Anonymous said...

It's not about taxing "the rich"- it's about putting money aside to fix the environment that gets ravaged through drilling. Is clean drinking water "anit-American"? If these companies would stop cutting corners, be good neighbors, and take care of what they break and give back to the community that makes them rich, we wouldn't need to tax them.

Anonymous said...

A man with money and bad ideas goes further than a poor man with good ideas.

Anonymous said...

I have rarely seen tax money used for the purpose it was charged!