Municipal Funding Proposal
As Pennsylvania moves away from its reliance on the Motor License Fund to support the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), the Department has developed a proposal that would implement a fee to municipalities based on PSP station costs.
The fee is scaled for factors including population, income, and whether the municipality employs a part-time or full-time police department or relies on PSP for coverage. The plan calls on all municipalities to contribute because PSP provides a variety of services to municipalities across the commonwealth, regardless of whether they staff a municipal police department.
Troopers perform traffic crash investigations, criminal investigations, enforce traffic laws, and make driving under the influence arrests. Additionally, the PSP provides aviation support, major case investigation teams, clandestine laboratory response, hazardous device and explosive removal, dissemination of Amber Alerts, and more.
Download the municipal funding proposal for specific costs to each municipality
We believe this is a fair and equitable solution to a funding crisis that if left unaddressed would result in the cancellation of cadet classes, significant changes in PSP operations, and a negative impact on public safety.
This spreadsheet is broken down into areas of jurisdiction for each PSP station. Municipalities within those areas are listed alphabetically along with the applicable population and income data. The yearly operating cost of the station appears in Column F.
Based on that operating cost and the population data, pre-factor costs per municipality appear in Column G. Various factors are then applied to account for municipalities that employ full- or part-time police departments or rely solely on PSP services (Column I); municipality income data (Column J); and limited population (Column K).
After applying the applicable factors, the total due annually from each municipality appears in Column L. Cost Per Person (Column M) is included for comparison only and should not be construed to be the methodology by which the municipality accounts for the yearly total.
The data on income was derived from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) and includes: Population 15 years old and over and is the sum of the amounts reported separately for wage or salary income; net self-employment income; interest, dividends, or net rental or royalty income or income from estates and trusts; Social Security or Railroad Retirement income; Supplemental Security Income (SSI); public assistance or welfare payments; retirement, survivor, or disability pensions; and all other income.
Receipts from the following sources are not included as income: capital gains, money received from the sale of property (unless the recipient was engaged in the business of selling such property); the value of income “in kind” from food stamps, public housing subsidies, medical care, employer contributions for individuals, etc.; withdrawal of bank deposits; money borrowed; tax refunds; exchange of money between relatives living in the same household; and gifts and lump-sum inheritances, insurance payments, and other types of lump-sum receipts.
Number of Municipalities with Police Service Provided by PSP, 2013-2020|||
SERT Activity Totals||
|Other (Searches, surveillance, etc.)||2||2||2||4||12||69|