38 Local Municipalities Get Liquor License Funds

HARRISBURG PA – Thirty-eight municipalities in western Montgomery, eastern Berks, and northern Chester counties are sharing in more than $2.2 million in licensing fees being distributed across the state by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, its website reported.

The board by law must distribute fee shares twice a year to municipalities where liquor licenses are located. In the most recent distribution, on Sept. 8 (2022; Thursday), the top-three recipients all were in Montgomery County: Upper Providence is receiving $6,650; Limerick, $4,650; and Pottstown, $3,600. Most others received between $100 and $1,500, depending on how many licenses were renewed there. A limited number were higher.

Recipient townships and boroughs can spend the money as they see fit “to meet local needs,” the board said.

Here’s where funds were sent, and in what amounts:

  • Among Montgomery County municipalities, Collegeville, $800; Douglass, $600; East Greenville, $400; Green Lane, $300; Limerick, $4,650; Lower Frederick, $600; Lower Pottsgrove, $1,850; Lower Salford, $1,500; New Hanover, $800; Pennsburg, $600; Perkiomen, $800; Pottstown, $3,600; Red Hill, $200; Royersford, $850; Skippack, $2,700; Trappe, $200; Upper Hanover, $1,250; Upper Pottsgrove, $600; Upper Providence, $6,650; Upper Salford, $400; West Pottsgrove, $1,200; and Worcester, $600;
  • In Berks County, Amity, $1,500; Bally, $150; Bechtelsville, $150; Birdsboro, $800; Boyertown, $600; Douglass, $200; Hereford, $200; Union, $400; and Washington, $400; and
  • In Chester County, East Pikeland, $200; East Vincent, $200; North Coventry, $600; Phoenixville, $1,900; Schuylkill, $400; Spring City, $400; and Warwick, $200.

State-wide 55 cities, 541 boroughs, and 763 townships are receiving payments ranging from $25 to $359,875. The current dispersal period represents fees paid from Feb. 1 to July 31, 2022.

The board oversees the regulation of more than 15,000 retail 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.

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