Jun. 10, 2019

HARRISBURG – As he seeks ways to lessen the burden of stormwater runoff costs borne by municipalities and their taxpayers, Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) is lending his support to a measure that would give counties the opportunity to direct revenue from impact fees to those costs.

Schemel spoke at a recent House Environmental and Resources Committee meeting about House Bill 781. This legislation sponsored by Rep. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Lackawanna/Wyoming) would allow counties to use Act 13 impact fees for stormwater management.

The impact fees involved in House Bill 781 are those from natural gas wells.

Schemel told the committee how Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permitting requirements and upgrades to discharge systems are affecting the communities he represents. He referenced additional expenses that will be incurred by the Borough of Greencastle.

“For a borough whose annual budget is just a little over a million dollars a year, they are estimating $700,000 additional dollars a year to comply with MS4,” Schemel said in the June 5 meeting.

The representative expressed concerns about the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania being exempt from runoff requirements.

Visit this link to watch Schemel’s comments.

For more information on Schemel and his legislative priorities, visit RepSchemel.com or Facebook.com/RepSchemel.

Representative Paul Schemel
90th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Jennifer Fitch
RepSchemel.com / Facebook.com/RepSchemel