More Fuel Tax Due For Municipal Road Repairs

More Fuel Tax Due For Municipal Road RepairsHARRISBURG PA – Lower Frederick, Upper and Lower Salford, Perkiomen, and Skippack townships collectively stand to receive more than $1,45 million in liquid fuels tax payments from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation this year to help them maintain locally owned roads and bridges, the department said Monday (Feb. 27, 2017). The state’s anticipated total payout of $466 million in tax revenues to eligible municipalities represents an increase of about 5 percent over last year, it estimated.

An additional $268,000 also will be paid to the boroughs of Schwenksville, Collegeville, and Trappe, PennDOT said. The amounts will be sent to municipalities Wednesday (March 1), according to PennDOT.

Lower Frederick’s net allocation of the tax, the amount expected after the state covers its cost of bridge inspections, was cited by PennDOT as $161,443; for Upper Salford, $128,910; Lower Salford, $518,504; Perkiomen, $246,703; Skippack, $399,269; Schwenksville, $34,373; Collegeville, $134,390; and Trappe, $99,329.

The state reports there are 120,091 miles of public roads in Pennsylvania, with 72,856 of those miles owned by municipalities and eligible for liquid fuels money. Its formula for payments is based on a municipality’s population and the number of miles of locally-owned roads. Lower Frederick has 23.09 road miles; Upper Salford, 21.37; Lower Salford, 76.67; Perkiomen, 24.84; Skippack, 46.35; Schwenksville, 2.80; Collegeville, 13.13; and Trappe, 10.92, it added.

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