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Letter to the Editor: State Severance Tax is a Bad Idea

Thursday, June 25, 2015 @ 12:06 AM

Posted by exploreClarion

Thanks to the shale gas impact fee, our County has received over $400,000 in revenue. But if Governor Wolf gets his way, this money is probably going to disappear.

Instead, politicians in Harrisburg will get a billion dollars to pay for their pork barrel spending. I hope we can count on our local legislators to stand against the governor’s severance tax plan.

Clarion County’s municipalities receive funding based on the number of wellheads in that particular township. In addition to the impact fees, Clarion County also receives funding from the Marcellus Legacy Fund to use on any parks and greenways in the County.

We are not alone in benefiting from the impact fee money. Across Pennsylvania, the impact fee is funding much-needed projects and services. It seems Gov. Wolf doesn’t care about this. His lip service says that some of the money is coming back to local communities, but we know what happens once it gets to Harrisburg. It will quickly get gobbled up to fund whatever flights of fancy politicians in Harrisburg can dream up.

We have to stop this from happening. The severance tax is a bad idea that should be soundly defeated by the legislature. Our elected officials should look out for us locally, not try to funnel more money to Harrisburg.

Submitted by Kelly Stroup, Clarion, Pa.

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