Pa. legislators approve bill enabling sale of land near Pleasant Gap Fish Hatchery
Legislation introduced by state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Bellefonte, was signed into law on June 18 in Harrisburg, paving the way for the sale of 3.59 acres of land near the Pleasant Gap Fish Hatchery.
"This could help put this property back on the tax rolls while providing new revenue for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to fulfill its purpose," Benninghoff said.
The land was used to house the manager of the hatchery. Due to advances in technology, the manager no longer needs to live onsite or so close to the fish hatchery.
The land originally was acquired using revenues from bonds that were authorized through a 1964 state act specifically designed to purchase land for parks and public recreation.
A new state law was necessary in order to authorize the Fish and Boat Commission to sell the land.
Proceeds from the sale of the land will be used by the Fish and Boat Commission for future land acquisitions.
The property was appraised at about $170,000.
"Holding this land, which the Fish and Boat Commission no longer needs, didn't seem to be in the best interest of the commonwealth or the local community," Benninghoff said.
"If we can bring in some revenues for the Fish and Boat Commission, potentially get the property back on the county tax rolls and maybe develop it in some way, that would be a positive outcome for everyone involved."
The new law took effect immediately.