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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: January 14, 2015 11:02 AM
From: Representative Stan Saylor
To: All House members
Subject: Sewage Facilities Planning Grants - Prioritizing Growing Counties
Under the Sewage Facilities Act, municipalities are required to develop and implement a comprehensive sewage plan providing for a resolution to existing sewage disposal problems and provide for future plans of land development. Each time a new land development project is proposed, municipalities are required to update their official sewage facilities plan to reflect the potential changes, which can be quite costly.

To help with these costs, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection administers the Sewage Facilities Planning Grant to assist municipalities, counties and authorities in updating their official plans and coordinating special studies. With recent changes to the law, priority granting was awarded to municipalities who reside in counties of the sixth, seventh and eighth class.

According to recent census data, third class counties are growing at an exponentially higher rate than other county classes in Pennsylvania which means municipalities in those counties need to update their sewage plans more frequently to accommodate for the growth. Since funding priority is given to the sixth, seventh and eighth class counties, funding is exhausted before approved municipalities in third class counties are awarded grants. My legislation seeks to end this inequity by amending Act 537 to add municipalities who are from third class counties to the list of those who are given priority consideration.

I hope you will consider joining me in supporting this legislation.

Introduced as HB1901