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Analysis of Act 13 Spending by Pennsylvania Municipalities and Counties (2016)

July 05, 2016  | Local Government Finance and Administration

This study reviewed Act 13 impact fee monies disbursed for 2012, 2013 and 2014 to describe the overall dynamics and shape of disbursements to counties and municipalities and to analyze their spending/allocation priorities. The study also identified trends and significant patterns in county and
municipal expenditures as a result of Marcellus natural gas activity and Act 13 funding.

Tags:  impact fees , natural gas , marcellus shale , local government , finances , act 13


Local Government and Marcellus Shale Development (Report 7)

September 30, 2014  | Environment and Natural Resources

This research used data from two focus groups of local government officials, one group in the southwest region of Pennsylvania and one group in the northern tier region of Pennsylvania, to identify how Marcellus shale development is affecting municipal governments in Pennsylvania.

Tags:  fracking , marcellus shale , local government

Status of Pennsylvania's Municipal Pensions (2014)

July 17, 2014  | Local Government Finance and Administration

This research examined Pennsylvania’s rural and urban municipal pension plans and trends in pension data
over the 10-year period of 2001 to 2011.

Tags:  pension plans , local government


2008 Attitudinal Survey of Pennsylvania Rural Residents (2010)

November 15, 2010  | Rural People and Communities

To learn more about how rural Pennsylvanians view the issues facing the state and their local communities, how their perceptions differ from urban
residents, and how these views have changed across time, the researchers surveyed more than 1,200 rural Pennsylvanians in 2008. They also surveyed more than 1,000 urban residents. The researchers then combined the responses with information from previous rural surveys conducted in 1999, 2000, and 2003 to gauge changes over time.

Tags:  economy , health care , rural communities , affordable housing , attitudes , local government , quality of life , natural resources , state government

Impact of the Uniform Construction Code in Rural Pennsylvania (2010)

September 17, 2010  | Local Government Finance and Administration

This research investigated the potential impacts of the Uniform Construction Code (UCC), which was established under the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act (Act 45 of 1999) and implemented in 2004, in rural Pennsylvania. The research, which was conducted in 2009, also assessed, to some extent, how well the UCC has met some of the goals outlined in the act.

Tags:  local government , building codes , uniform construction code , opt-in , code enforcement

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