Marcellus Shale Impact “Fee” Is Redistributed to Counties Without Any Marcellus Shale Drilling including two counties with moratoriums on natural gas drilling
If Impact Fee/Tax is redistributed by number of wells, why does Philadelphia County and Bucks County, both of which have moratoriums (Act 87 of 2012 for Bucks County) get any money? Because the General Assembly, cynically, with intent to mislead termed this tax a fee.
• Chester: $423,255.23
• Delaware: $474,238.17
• Montgomery: $678,613.66
• Philadelphia: $1,294,664.55
The Liberty Index scores Act 13 of 2012 Tier 3 (Major Impact on Liberty) AGAINST LIBERTY and AGAINST THE FORGOTTEN TAXPAYER because the misnamed “Impact Fee” is, in reality, a tax. A real Impact Fee would be segregated in a fund to compensate people for damage from “externalities” of Marcellus Shale drilling. This phony fee does not do that but redistributes profits without regard to merit. A “YEA” vote is a vote AGAINST LIBERTY AND AGAINST THE FORGOTTEN TAXPAYER