Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board returns nearly $2 million in licensing fees to communities

By Travis Kellar - tkellar@timesleader.com | February 23rd, 2016 10:35 am

Luzerne County received over $32,000 in returned fees

By Travis Kellar

tkellar@timesleader.com

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HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today announced the return of almost $2 million in licensing fees to 1,103 municipalities in which licensees are located.

The current dispersal period represents fees paid from Aug. 1, 2015, to Jan. 31, 2016. In all, 43 cities, 412 boroughs and 648 townships received funds ranging from $25 to $906,250.

For Luzerne County, that meant the return of over $32,000 in returned fees.

Twice a year, as required by law, the PLCB returns liquor license fees paid by PLCB-approved licensees to the municipalities that are home to those liquor licenses. Municipalities have flexibility in allocating and spending the returned license fees to meet local needs.

The PLCB oversees the regulation of more than 15,000 liquor licenses statewide, including restaurants, clubs and hotels. Licensees pay liquor license fees ranging from $125 to $700, depending on the type of license and the population of the municipality in which the license is located, as part of the annual license renewal or validation process, as well as in conjunction with approval of certain new applications.

The complete list of license fee distributions by municipality is available on the PLCB website.

Funds returned to Luzerne County

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board reported that the following municipalities in Luzerne County received funds from the licensing fees:

Hazleton: $4,500

• Nanticoke $1,200

• Pittston: $1,000

• Wilkes-Barre: $7,650

• Ashley: $1,000

• Avoca: $200

• Dallas: $200

• Dupont: $200

• Duryea: $600

• Edwardsville: $200

• Exeter: $400

• Forty Fort: $100

• Harveys Lake: $400

• Kingston: $2,400

• Larksville: $600

• Luzerne: $800

• Nuangola: $150

• Plymouth: $400

• Pringle: $150

• Swoyersville: $600

• West Hazleton: $450

• West Wyoming: $200

• White Haven: $300

• Wyoming: $200

• Black Creek Township: $200

• Butler Township: $39.60

• Conyngham Township: $50

• Dallas Township: $200

• Dorrance Township: $400

• Exeter Township: $200

• Fairview Township: $200

• Foster Township: $200

• Hanover Township: $1,350

• Hazle Township: $800

• Hunlock Township: $200

• Jenkins Township: $250

• Newport Township: $250

• Pittston Township: $200

• Plains Township: $1,450

• Plymouth Township: $200

• Sugarloaf Township: $600

• Union Township: $200

• Wilkes-Barre Township: $1,250

Funds returned to Luzerne County

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board reported that the following municipalities in Luzerne County received funds from the licensing fees:

Hazleton: $4,500

• Nanticoke $1,200

• Pittston: $1,000

• Wilkes-Barre: $7,650

• Ashley: $1,000

• Avoca: $200

• Dallas: $200

• Dupont: $200

• Duryea: $600

• Edwardsville: $200

• Exeter: $400

• Forty Fort: $100

• Harveys Lake: $400

• Kingston: $2,400

• Larksville: $600

• Luzerne: $800

• Nuangola: $150

• Plymouth: $400

• Pringle: $150

• Swoyersville: $600

• West Hazleton: $450

• West Wyoming: $200

• White Haven: $300

• Wyoming: $200

• Black Creek Township: $200

• Butler Township: $39.60

• Conyngham Township: $50

• Dallas Township: $200

• Dorrance Township: $400

• Exeter Township: $200

• Fairview Township: $200

• Foster Township: $200

• Hanover Township: $1,350

• Hazle Township: $800

• Hunlock Township: $200

• Jenkins Township: $250

• Newport Township: $250

• Pittston Township: $200

• Plains Township: $1,450

• Plymouth Township: $200

• Sugarloaf Township: $600

• Union Township: $200

• Wilkes-Barre Township: $1,250


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