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County, Local Governments Get Higher Payments

October 31st, 2022 Comments off

County and local governments received higher allotments this year from state’s tax on shale gas production. Potter County’s share was $316,800 for gas activity in 2021, far above the $207,015 received last year for 2020 activity. The county also received an additional $25,000 that can be used for certain environmental and/or recreational projects, and a $40,000 allotment for local bridge projects.

Top recipients in Potter County (2021 payments in parentheses) were: Sweden Twp., $76,838 ($46,613); Ulysses Twp., $68,120 ($43,873); West Branch Twp., $53,688 ($32,609); Summit Twp., $41,472 ($25,079); Eulalia Twp., $35,530 ($21,891); Clara Twp., $24,579 ($17,446); Coudersport, $20,641 ($13,517); Keating Twp., $19,706 ($12,197); Pleasant Valley Twp., $19,689 ($16,967); and Wharton Twp., $19,592 ($11,902).

A boom in local gas drilling kicked off in 2007-08 after companies verified deep pools of trapped two or more miles underground in shale formations. Two companies in particular – JKLM in Potter County and Seneca Resources in Cameron and other counties – became major players. Pennsylvania imposed a tax, described by politicians as an “impact fee,” on shale gas in 2012. Sixty percent of fees collected from energy companies go to counties and local governments and 40 percent to the state.

County and local governments can use the money for preservation and reclamation of water supplies; improvements to roads and bridges; construction and repair of water and sewer systems; delivery of social services; local tax reduction; housing; conservation districts; emergency preparedness and flood plain management.

The state’s share is used for emergency response planning, training and other activities; water, stormwater, and sewer system construction and repair; infrastructure maintenance and repair; as well as environmental initiatives.

Funds also go county conservation districts, Pa. Conservation Commission, PUC, DEP, Fish and Boat Commission, Emergency Management Agency, Dept. of Transportation and Office of State Fire Commissioner.


County Contracts For Mental Health Crisis Services

October 3rd, 2022 Comments off

Potter County Commissioners Nancy Grupp, Barry Hayman and Paul Heimel have contracted with an agency to provide the county with 24/7 crisis intervention services. Center for Community Resources already serves in many other Pennsylvania counties. CCR has two decades of experience as a single point of contact coordinating supportive services for individuals and families seeking help for mental health, intellectual disabilities, substance abuse and other human service needs.

CCR provides intervention, assessment, support, screening and referral services for anyone who calls, chats, texts or otherwise requests a crisis intervention specialist to come to a home, school or community. Contact information includes a toll-free phone number, 1-866-957-3224; a website with chat service,; or text message response at 63288. Those in need of help can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or 988.