Gas impact fees advance county – $8.4 million

An extra $8.4 million.

That’s a lot of money. It’s the amount Lycoming County has to distribute this year from the state natural gas drilling impact fees.

A total of $3.7 million of the money has been used for improvements within county government.

The rest has gone to a variety of important projects, much of it being used to leverage local developments.

Roads have benefitted.

Housing has been bolstered.

Water and sewer and other infrastructure work has or will be done. Community organization facilities have been updated.

In many cases, this work could not have been done without the leveraging of natural gas impact fees.

And if you think the same amount of money and decision-making capability would have come to Lycoming County if there were a state-controlled gas severance tax, you haven’t been paying attention to the way state government works the past several decades.

This is why the impact fee legislation was the correct approach.