Municipal officials in Fayette and Greene counties plan to use their Marcellus shale impact fee funds on a numerous projects — from road repairs to an emergency center, and from funding police services to offsetting the cost of a new sewage treatment plant.
With $3.8 million headed to Fayette’s municipalities and $9.5 million going to Greene’s, most area leaders said the funds have been a boon.
In Greene County, which as a whole received the fifth most money of the state’s 67 counties, Cumberland Township got the lion’s share of the funds, according to information from the state’s Public Utility Commission.
The township’s $906,875 disbursement is the largest of any municipality in the state.
And while officials in the township responded to a right-to-know request to find out what they have used Act 13 funds for in the past, they declined to be specific with what they intended to do with this year’s allotment beyond saying that $552,107 will go toward the 2014 budget, and the remainder will go to its capital reserve fund. A supervisor reached after several calls over a two-week period to inquire about the money’s use refused to identify himself.