Northampton Press

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Area municipalities receive Local Share Account grants

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

State Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, recently announced over $110,000 in Local Share Account grants were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority in Harrisburg for Northampton Borough and Moore Township.

State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, also recently announced state funding totaling more than $4.22 million for seven projects in Northampton County, one of which was for Northampton Borough.

Northampton Borough received $45,000 to facilitate improvements to the pavilion at Northampton Borough Municipal Pool.

Moore Township received $55,480 for a police vehicle and $13,889 to upgrade police electronic hardware and related software to allow for state integration. The vehicle will replace a 13-year-old Ford Expedition. The hardware and software will include laptop computers to allow citations to be issued electronically to improve efficiency and the security of information.

“I’m pleased my advocacy for these three worthwhile projects has resulted in funding,” Mako said. “These gaming funds are to be used to benefit the community as a whole, and these projects will improve residents’ safety or make the area a better place to live and raise a family. I look forward to seeing the new police vehicle on the roadway and families enjoying their time at the pool.”

“I’m pleased to announce the approval of these state funds allocated to help expedite important projects that will improve the quality of life, increase community safety and enhance our environment,” Boscola said. “I will continue to seek state funding and resources for local efforts aimed at making our community a better place to live and work. All seven of these grants will help fund and advance worthwhile local projects.”

Local Share Account grants support economic development, job training, community improvement and public interest projects through gaming funds under Act 71 of 2004. These specific grants came from Monroe County, which funds projects in Monroe and its contiguous counties. The Monroe County Local Share Account was established by the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act.