Impact fee hearing scheduled

BY STACI WILSON

Susquehanna County moved one step closer to adopting the state’s impact fee at the March 14 meeting.

A public hearing on the proposed ordinance will be held during the regularly scheduled commissioners’ meeting, Wednesday, March 28, at9 a.m., Chief Clerk Sylvia Beamer said.

The commissioners will likely act on the measure following the public hearing.

In a meeting held March 6, the commissioners heard from local elected officials who overwhelmingly supported passage of the measure that would deliver funds to the municipal coffers.

The law imposes a $50,000 fee on each natural gas well drilled inPennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale but requires county level approval (or majority municipal approval) for municipalities to collect its part of the tax monies.

Allocated funding to various state agencies and programs will come off the top of the impact fee revenue.

Sixty percent of the remaining funds will be distributed at the local level. Of that money, counties with wells will receive 36 percent; municipalities with wells receive 37 percent and municipalities without wells get 27 percent of the revenue.

The ordinance must be adopted by April 14 if the county plans to enact the impact fee in order to receive revenues this year.