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Monday, January 26, 2015

Harrison County Getting Help From Shale, But Still Needs More

Sales tax receipts on the rise in
Harrison County, thanks to shale
From Columbus Business First:
Harrison County is home to some of the biggest gains in Ohio sales tax receipts since the shale boom arrived. 
Before 2012, monthly receipts totaled about $100,000 a month for half of the year and $80,000 the other six months. 
Now, it's consistently around $450,000 a month 
"We have been decimated for 30 years with hardly any activity," said Harrison County Board of Commissioners Chairman Dale Norris. "We're trying to put it to use upgrading and fixing a lot of things we haven't for lack of funds. It still isn't enough." 
But it's helping. So as oil prices fall and companies take a second look at the flurry of activity that was commonplace in eastern Ohio's Utica shale play, what does that mean for local governments in areas long suffering from a lack of funds?
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