West Whiteland Township Gets Extra Cash from Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board

Image of the West Whiteland Township building via the Daily Local News.

West Whiteland Township is one of the municipalities that has received extra funds from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for hosting businesses licensed to sell liquor, writes Michaelle Bond for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The funds are received twice a year and can be used by towns in any way they want. They are a portion of the liquor license fees the state collects. This summer, the state paid more than $2.4 million to 1,379 municipalities statewide, according to the Liquor Control Board. Over the last five fiscal years, the board has paid local municipalities more than $22.4 million in licensing fees.

West Whiteland usually gets between $5,000 and $6,000 each year. Compared to the municipality’s operating budget of $12 million, that seems like a drop in a bucket.

But “every bit helps,” said Township Manager Mimi Gleason.

While the township does not specifically earmark the funds for any particular purpose, they are usually used to purchase police department equipment. The latest amount, for example, financed the purchase of four body cameras for the township police.

“It’s our police that are mostly impacted by the number of establishments that sell alcohol here,” said Gleason.

Read more about West Whiteland Township in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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