Parking-tax revenue plan approved

The Lower Swatara Twp. commissioners last night approved a proposed agreement on distributing revenue from a new 10 percent tax on parking fees at Harrisburg International Airport.

The agreement between the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority, the Middletown School District, Middletown borough, Lower Swatara Twp. and Dauphin County would allow HIA to collect a 10 percent administrative fee from the tax collected, with the remaining amount distributed among the school district, Middletown and Lower Swatara.

The Middletown School District would be entitled to 67 percent of that amount; Lower Swatara Twp. and Middletown borough would split the rest, based on the number of parking spaces in each municipality. About 80 percent are in Lower Swatara.

Parking tax revenues have been projected to be as high as $500,000 a year. That amount could net Lower Swatara as much as $118,800 annually, township solicitor Peter Henninger said.

HIA has announced plans to raise parking rates to cover the proposed tax, which it is to begin collecting Oct. 1.

Middletown and Dauphin County also must approve the distribution agreement.