This past weekend, The Times-Reporter, of New Philadelphia, Ohio, highlighted a local school district’s plans for tax revenue it is expected to collect from Rover Pipeline this year. The Tuscarawas Valley Local School district recently held a public meeting to share information and field questions regarding the district’s vision to capitalize utility tax revenue of the Rover Pipeline.
The school district is set to receive approximately $950,000 annually as a result of utility tax revenue from Rover. The school district is not proposing a bond issue or tax increase of any kind this year, largely due to the significant revenue from Rover. The district plans to leverage the utility tax revenue generated by the pipeline to establish a permanent improvement fund, which will in part be used to create a “safe, state of the art pre-Kindergarten-12 facilities for all students on the Tusky Valley Road Campus.” In addition to new facilities, the district plans to use the funds to renovate an existing middle school, the stadium, and transform the existing high school to serve as a community center and house central offices.
Communities along the Rover Pipeline, and other pipelines across the country, are benefiting in similar ways. Tax revenue from energy infrastructure projects can be used by local municipalities to improve educational facilities, public infrastructure such as roadways and bridges, and even purchase new equipment or training for first responders. From providing much-needed tax dollars to communities, to safely and reliably transporting energy products to market, it is clear US officials must continue to welcome investment in our critical energy infrastructure.