On December 4, 2019, the Borough of Phoenixville, Chester County (“Borough”) closed on the sale of a portion of its water system to Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. (“Aqua”) for $3.46 million. Importantly, the Borough will retain full ownership and control of its water treatment plant and continue furnishing water distribution service to residents within the Borough.
Steelton Borough Authority Closes on Sale of Water Assets
On October 9, 2019 Steelton Borough Authority (Authority) closed on the sale of its water assets to Pennsylvania-American Water Company for $21.750 million in cash and $35.7 million in committed capital improvements. As a part of the transaction, the Authority and the Borough of Steelton (Borough) repaid or defeased all of their debt, opening the …
New House Proposal Would Subject Municipal Water, Wastewater Authorities to Additional Oversight
On February 12, 2019, Representative Tina Davis introduced a bill proposing to establish a new regulatory commission with oversight over municipal water and wastewater authorities. H.B. 494 would establish a Municipal Water and Wastewater Authority Oversight Commission (“Authority Commission”). Representative Davis previously sponsored H.B. 798, which would have amended the Public Utility Code to subject municipal water and wastewater authorities to regulation by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (“PUC”). Introduced in 2017, H.B. 798 failed to move out of the Consumer Affairs Committee.
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Challenges Mounting to Stormwater Fee Programs in Pennsylvania
Across much of the United States, the number of municipalities imposing stormwater management fees upon property owners has increased dramatically in recent years. The rising prevalence of stormwater management fees has predictably led to local and state court challenges by businesses, as non-residential property owners are typically more severely impacted by stormwater management fees in…
McNees Attorneys Provide Legal Update on Municipal Storm Water Management
McNees attorneys Tim Horstmann, Ade Bakare and Kathy Pape recently provided an update on municipal storm water management to the membership of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. Their presentation addressed recent changes in Pennsylvania laws governing municipal storm water management in boroughs, permissible user fee structures, and additional funding streams that are…
New Funding Mechanisms for Municipal Stormwater Management
For Pennsylvania municipalities facing a rising tide of costs from implementing storm water management plans, the available funding options vary depending on where you are and what you are – but that could change as soon as later this year. The General Assembly has passed several laws that authorize certain municipalities and municipal authorities to impose “reasonable and uniform” fees to fund storm water management plans – and several additional bills are pending that, if passed, would extend these funding mechanisms to municipal entities across most of Pennsylvania.
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Electric Costs in Ellwood City Spur Proposed Legislation to Restrict Use of Electric Revenue to Fund Municipal Operations
On May 18, 2017, House Bill 1405 was introduced into the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The proposed legislation, which would restrict a municipality’s ability to utilize revenue generated by a municipal electric system, would significantly impact 35 municipalities in PA that purchase wholesale power on behalf of residents and distribute the power through municipal-owned electric distribution system.
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