HARRISBURG - Gov. Tom Wolfe is again proposing a fee on municipalities for state police services.

If approved and enacted as proposed, it would cost Clarion County residents $1,183,023, or approximately $30.47 for every man, woman and child living in the county.

In his past proposals, Wolf suggested the fee be levied on municipalities which do not maintain their police departments.

In his 2020-21 budget proposal, Wolf wants to levy the fee on all municipalities regardless if those municipalities have their own police department or not.

The newly proposed fee schedule is based on a formula using factors such as population, median income of the municipality, station operating costs and other data.

According to information posted in the governor's proposed budget plan, it cost $6,185,116 per year to operate the state police barracks at Clarion.

Past state police service fees were based on straight per capita factors and ranged from $8 to $33 per person.

Under Wolf's proposal, which faces heavy opposition in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, Clarion Township would face the largest annual bill -- $171,940 while Brady Township's annual fee would be $985.

"Across the commonwealth, 67 percent of municipalities rely on the Pennsylvania State Police to provide local police support," according to the governor's "Budget In Brief" press release. "This coverage comes at no cost to the municipality, but instead is borne by all taxpayers statewide. However, PSP also provides services that benefit all citizens of the commonwealth."

The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors opposes the plan.

"It is unfortunate that some in state government look at local government like an ATM machine instead of a partner in providing services to Pennsylvanians," PSATS said in a press release. "Rather than controlling costs, their first instinct is to grab more money either through tax increases, fee hikes, or intergovernmental transfers.

"This latest scheme to pick the pockets of local governments' residents in the name of public safety for costs of the state police is nothing more than the 2020 version of robbing Peter to pay Paul. What's next? Charging to fill potholes?

"Funding government is about choices and priorities. We would be happy to participate in conversations on controlling costs like township supervisors have to do every day. We look forward to working with the legislature and administration to make Pennsylvania a safer place to live, work, and raise a family."

A look at the proposed fees for each Clarion County municipality includes:

Ashland Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $46,757 based on a population of 1,063 and a median income of $58,958. Cost per person: $44.

Beaver Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $74,702 based on a population of 1,684 and a median income of $51,602. Cost per person: $44.

Brady Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $985 based on a population of 56 and a median income not available. Cost per person: $18.

Callensburg

Proposed annual fee: $8,489 based on a population of 193 and a median income of $53,750. Cost per person: $44.

Clarion Borough

Proposed annual fee: $63,944 based on a population of 5,815 and a median income of $56,932. Cost per person: $11.

Note: Clarion Borough maintains its own police department.

Clarion Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $171,940 based on a population of 3,909 and a median income of $62,641. Cost per person: $44.

East Brady

Proposed annual fee: $19,969 based on a population of 908 and a median income of $57,350. Cost per person: $22.

Note: In addition to state police, East Brady contracts for limited police services from the New Bethlehem Borough Police Department.

Elk Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $61,932 based on a population of 1,408 and a median income of $57,500. Cost per person: $44.

Farmington Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $35,637 based on a population of 1,815 and a median income of $64,732. Cost per person: $20.

Note: Farmington Township is under the jurisdiction of the Marienville-based state police. That station has a lower annual operating cost than the Clarion County barracks at Monroe Township.

Foxburg

Proposed annual fee: $7,697 based on a population of 175 and a median income of $73,438. Cost per person: $44.

Hawthorn

Proposed annual fee: $8,146 based on a population of 463 and a median income of $45,417. Cost per person: $18.

Note: In addition to state police, Hawthorn Borough contracts for limited police services from the New Bethlehem Borough Police Department.

Highland Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $22,080 based on a population of 502 and a median income of $67,813. Cost per person: $44.

Knox Borough

Proposed annual fee: $23,620 based on a population of 1,074 and a median income of $55,341. Cost per person: $22.

Note: Knox Borough maintains its own police department.

Knox Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $43,326 based on a population of 985 and a median income of $68,194. Cost per person: $44.

Licking Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $23,884 based on a population of 543 and a median income of $67,941. Cost per person: $44.

Limestone Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $77,019 based on a population of 1,751 and a median income of $66,797. Cost per person: $44.

Madison Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $20,075 based on a population of 1,141 and a median income of $49,544. Cost per person: $18.

Millcreek Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $16,318 based on a population of 371 and a median income of $58,688. Cost per person: $44.

Monroe Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $68,479 based on a population of 1,580 and a median income of $65,682. Cost per person: $44.

Note: The state police barracks is based in Monroe Township.

New Bethlehem

Proposed annual fee: $20,299 based on a population of 923 and a median income of $62,083. Cost per person: $22.

Note: New Bethlehem Borough maintains its own police department.

Paint Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $70,729 based on a population of 1,608 and a median income of $66,136. Cost per person: $44.

Perry Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $39,499 based on a population of 898 and a median income of $65,125. Cost per person: $44.

Piney Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $7,530 based on a population of 428 and a median income of $47,750. Cost per person: $18.

Porter Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $55,510 based on a population of 1,262 and a median income of $53,250. Cost per person: $44.

Redbank Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $56,873 based on a population of 1,293 and a median income of $50,455. Cost per person: $44.

Richland Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $20,277 based on a population of 461 and a median income of $58,125. Cost per person: $44.

Rimersburg

Proposed annual fee: $7,820 based on a population of 899 and a median income of $45,952. Cost per person: $8.

Note: In addition to state police, Rimersburg Borough contracts for limited police services from the New Bethlehem Borough Police Department.

Salem Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $36,720 based on a population of 835 and a median income of $53,828. Cost per person: $44.

Shippenville

Proposed annual fee: $7,882 based on a population of 488 and a median income of $46,328. Cost per person: $18.

Sligo

Proposed annual fee: $14,799 based on a population of 672 and a median income of $53,750. Cost per person: $22.

St. Petersburg

Proposed annual fee: $6,527 based on a population of 371 and a median income of $45,893. Cost per person: $18.

Strattanville

Proposed annual fee: $8,849 based on a population of 503 and a median income of $49,712. Cost per person: $18.

Toby Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $41,434 based on a population of 942 and a median income of $56,750. Cost per person: $44.

Washington Twp.

Proposed annual fee: $35,382 based on a population of 1,802 and a median income of $51,000. Cost per person: $20.

Note: Washington Township is under the jurisdiction of the Marienville-based state police. That station has a lower annual operating cost than the Clarion County barracks at Monroe Township.

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