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Audit: Vague guidelines led to improper spending of Pa.’s impact fees

Act 13 was deliberately broad but it has several flaws, the audit found. Its 13 “vague” guidelines for how local governments can spend impact fees do not clearly delineate what counts as proper use of the funds.

The 10 counties reviewed in the audit spent $19 million, or nearly 29 percent of their impact fee spending, on items the auditor general’s office defined as questionable, while the 20 municipalities in the review spent about $700,000, or about 4 percent of their impact fee spending, on questionable items.

. . . Three of seven municipalities studied in the audit were overpaid a total of $863,514 during the four-year period because they misreported their total budgets. That money would otherwise have been dedicated to affordable housing programs.

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