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Recorder of Deeds Fee Law – Pennsylvania Act 152 of 2016

Authorizes counties to impose an additional Recorder of Deeds fee to be used for demolition of problem properties. This fee is optional, may not exceed $15.00, and must be deposited into a demolition fund that will exclusively fund the demolition of blighted property in the county. Within 90 days of imposing the fee, a county must file an initial report with the Department of Community and Economic Development, which includes plans for how the fund will be spent. Each county must also submit an annual report detailing how many properties were demolished and the cost of demolition per property. Act 152 of 2016 will expire 10 years from its effective date, January 4, 2017. 

McKean County Recorder of Deeds Law – No. 2016-152 P.L. 1170

Delaware County Demolition Program Guidelines for Demolition Fund

Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) Fund

Created in December 2010, this fund was financed through a Marcellus Shale Impact fee and was used to support competitive grants for affordable housing and blight remediation in the Shale region.  In November 2015, the program was expanded drawing revenues from the future growth of the Realty Transfer Tax to all Pennsylvania regions. 


Historic Preservation Tax Credits (Federal and State)

The Historic Preservation Tax Credit (HPTC) provides tax credits to qualified taxpayers who will be completing the restoration of a qualified historic structure into an-income producing property. The federal historic tax credit offers a 20% tax credit for the rehabilitation of historic income-producing buildings.  The Pennsylvania state historic tax credit program offers an additional 25% state tax credit to buildings already approved for the federal tax credit.

Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program Guidelines


Pennsylvania Industrial Sites Reuse Program (ISRP)

State provides grant and low-interest loan financing to perform environmental site assessment and remediation work at former industrial sites. Grants and loans up to $200,000 for environmental assessments; Grants and loans up to $1 million for remediation.  A 25% match is required for grant and loan projects.

Industrial Sites Reuse Program Guidelines


Local SHARE Account (LSA) – Northampton and Lehigh Counties

Pennsylvania Act 71 requires that requires that 2 percent of proceeds at local gambling establishments be used to fund projects that improve the local quality of life, the community, area roads or civic or cultural activities in Northampton and Lehigh Counties.

Local Share Account Northampton and Lehigh Counties


Monroe County SHARE Fund Grants

Pennsylvania Act 71 requires that 2 percent of proceeds at local gambling establishments be used to fund projects that improve the local quality of life, the community, area roads or civic or cultural activities. Monroe County, home to Mount Airy, is required to share half its proceeds with neighboring counties for projects in either Pike, Carbon, Northampton, Lackawanna or Wayne counties.

Local Share Account Monroe County

Keystone Communities Program (KCP)

Municipalities, non-profits and others can apply for flexible community and economic development grants. Communities are designated as  Keystone Main Street, Keystone Elm Street, Keystone Enterprise Zone, or Keystone Community and qualify for investment in planning, façade improvement, accessible housing or development grants.

Keystone Communities Program Funding Guidelines

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