Impact Tax revenues reached nearly $1.5 billion this year.
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SOUTHWEST REGION HIGHLIGHTS
In 2014, the county used its more than $660k allotment to keep its 911 budget afloat; and Plumcreek Township used the $137,000 it received in 2012 and 2013 to fix two bridges instead of raising taxes.
Half of Geistown Borough's recreation budget comes from the impact tax; and the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority received a $150,000 impact tax grant to meet housing needs in 2013.
With a multi-million grant and loan package funded by the impact tax, two rural water authorities are being merged with upgraded infrastructure to boot. The county jail was able to purchase better security and inmate booking technology; Peters Township is investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in road repair; and the county is able to continue having one of the lowest property tax rates in the state.
SOUTHEAST REGION HIGHLIGHTS
A $500k Natural Gas Vehicle Development grant funded by the impact tax is being used to upgrade Rose Tree Media School District's bus fleet, curbing emissions and getting children to school safely.
Hundreds of thousands of impact tax dollars are being used to enhance the Wissahickon Trail, make improvements at Franklin Square, extend the Schuylkill River Trail, and restore local waterways.
NORTHCENTRAL REGION HIGHLIGHTS
Thirty volunteer fire and ambulance services throughout the county received a part of a $300,000 grant; LeRoy Township paid off all of its municipal debt early; and in 2012 the county reduced property taxes by nearly 6 percent – all thanks to the impact tax.
Leveraging its impact tax distribution, the county is constructing a 40-apartment and 32-townshouse affordable housing development in a downtrodden part of Williamsport; a senior activity center in South Williamsport is being built; and fifty scholarships are being provided to the county's veterans, unemployed and underemployed so they can attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Tioga County Commissioners who led efforts to create the impact tax are putting $107k towards drug and alcohol treatment, with millions more being spent on water and sewer infrastructure, bridge rehabilitations and emergency response.
NORTHWEST REGION HIGHLIGHTS
NORTHEAST REGION HIGHLIGHTS
A $1 million grant, financed by the impact tax, will go towards the treatment and remediation of acid mine drainage at the Old Forge borehole – one of the biggest legacy environmental challenges in the nation.
Through a state grant program funded by the impact tax, the Greater Hazleton Joint Sewer Authority received $2.25 million to upgrade sewer infrastructure.
The county's conservation district received $250,000 in impact tax dollars to conduct baseline water testing across the county.
SOUTHCENTRAL REGION HIGHLIGHTS
$100k in impact tax money was earmarked for the county's farmland preservation program in 2014; $75k was set aside for a Rails-to-Trails project; and $32,500 is being used for a new playground in Hampden Township.
The county is making significant improvements to its Rail Trail park; rural towns like Dillsburg and Stewartstown will receive tens of thousands of dollars in impact tax dollars to upgrade their parks and fairgrounds; and North Hopewell Township is replacing four bridges – all thanks to the current impact tax.