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COG members told Act 44 funding may be available

September 9, 2010
A visit by representatives of the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s office provided good news for municipalities, giving them money to look forward to. During a recent meeting of the Warren County Intergovernmental Cooperative, Warren County Commissioner Terry Hawk said the representatives came last week and talked about funding from Act 44. Designed to draw on money from Interstate 80 tolling, Hawk said the law produced revenue despite tolling plans falling through. The money provides some funds for municipal bridge programs, he said. County Commissioner John Eggleston said Act 44 had other funding sources. After contacting municipal officials, Hawk said he learned nobody seems to have received the money. He said they should have received it during the past two years. According to the I-80 Project website, the Pennsylvania legislature passed Act 44 in July 2007. A majority of the funding from the act will repair roads and bridges. “Additionally, all of the state’s rural and urban public transit agencies will now receive increased, stable, and performance-driven funding annually,” the website claimed. “Transit funding is being generated through the monetization of bonds based on Mainline Turnpike (I-76) toll increases.”


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