Close to One Quarter of State’s Counties Collect Local Use Fee

Close to One Quarter of State’s Counties Collect Local Use Fee

In a blog entry from March of 2016 we noted that eight counties had taken action to authorize collection of the $5 additional fee for local use that is tacked on to state automobile registration under provisions of Act 89 of 2013.  That Act was signed into law in November of 2013 and permitted counties to enact the fee after December 31, 2014.  There are specific guidelines for its uses.

The total has now risen to 16 counties.  Two counties (Lycoming and Centre) are beginning to collect the fee on October 1st of this year.  One county (Fulton) has rescinded the fee effective April 2017.

Allegheny County levies the fee, and it is accounted for in a separate fund called the “Infrastructure Support Fund”.  On an audited basis for 2016, the fee raised $4.056 million, and $3.139 million was expended for public works, leaving the fund with a $920k balance at the end of 2016 (see exhibit B-5 on page 256).  Neighboring Westmoreland County raised $1.602 million and spent $989k in 2016 and did some transferring out of the account but ended 2016 with a balance of $1.568 million (see pages 157 and 158 in this report).