Nov. 06–Summit County can expect to bring in about $100,000 annually in property taxes from pipeline operators to fund a newly proposed emergency response program tied into the now-flowing Nexus natural gas pipeline.
Summit County Council’s rules committee on Monday approved an ordinance that, if passed by the full council at an upcoming meeting, will create the “Pipeline Emergency Response Fund.”
County Executive Ilene Shapiro, with backing from council members Paula Prentice and Michael Soyars, introduced the legislation last week.
The county can expect to collect about $4.4 million annually in property taxes from the pipeline, Jason Dodson, Shapiro’s chief of staff, told council. Of that total amount, about $100,000 would be available for the county to put into the new fund, he said. (The bulk of the pipeline property tax money will go to other entities, with the largest amount going to public schools.)
The county government then would appropriate its share of the money into the fund; the money will be used to pay for training, planning and equipment for local emergency responders in the event of a pipeline issue, Dodson said.
“It’s a unique use of this new revenue,” he said.
The money would be available starting in 2021 because the county will begin collecting pipeline property taxes in 2020.
The 36-inch-diameter Nexus pipeline runs about 255 miles from Hanover Township in Columbiana County to southern Michigan. It crosses Stark, Wayne and the Summit County communities of Green and New Franklin. Partners in the $2.1 billion project are Detroit-based DTE Energy and Enbridge, a Canadian company.
At full capacity, the pipeline can carry 1.5 billion cubic feet of fracked natural gas daily.
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