136th District receiving $296,000 in state funding

HARRISBURG, March 30 -- State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, today announced Easton and Hellertown Borough will benefit from a share in $296,000 in state funding awarded to the district.

"This funding is great news for the city of Easton, and Hellertown Borough," Freeman said. "It is because of these grants, these entities can move forward on important projects for the benefit of our region -- focused on enhancing safety and quality of life."

The projects and awards are as follows:

  • The Greater Easton Development Partnership will receive $197,333 to make improvements to Easton Centre Square Park by removing specific physical features hindering circulation and to address federal Americans with Disabilities Act compliance issues.
  • Hellertown Borough will receive $98,667 to make improvements to the Dimmick Park play area to include replacement of outdated play equipment with new multi age-appropriate structures, Americans with Disabilities Act compliant paths and parking, a safety surface, and a sun shade. A rain garden and meadow area will be designed and planned to accompany a new underdrain system.

The grants are funded by the Local Share Account, which receives gaming money generated by casinos. The gaming funds provided by the casinos also distribute approximately $790 million statewide, which on average equals to a $215 reduction in property taxes for Pennsylvania residents for their primary residence.

The funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent agency created by the legislature to administer a variety of the state's funding programs designed to help grow Pennsylvania's economy, create jobs and improve cultural and recreational assets in communities statewide. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking.