Almost $4 million in grants will go to various infrastructure improvements, equipment for first responders, and other projects. The Bucks County Redevelopment Authority doled out the funds, generated at Parx Casino, to eight municipalities in Lower Bucks.

Each year, local townships and boroughs submit a list of needs to the Redevelopment Authoirity. The BCRDA must determine which needs are most pressing, and administer the funds accordingly. This year’s total amount of $3.9 million is about $200 thousand higher than 2018.

Chairman of the Redevelopment Authority Sean Schafer says the aim is to “address infrastructure needs, improve the quality of life for families, and make our Lower Bucks
County community safe.”

“The Redevelopment Authority is proud to support these types of projects that address gaming’s impact on our region. I would like to commend Senator Tomlinson for his leadership when drafting the gaming legislation and for introducing language that made key changes to the law in 2017. His vision has resulted in tens of millions of dollars being used locally to address gaming’s impact on our region,” said Schafer.

Local officials and residents expressed concerns when Parx added its casino section last decade. They worried gaming would have an adverse affect on the surrounding region, citing Atlantic City, NJ.

In response, Tomlinson introduced language to create the Municipal Grant Program in 2008. As a result, 1% of Parx Casino’s gross terminal revenue goes to the local communities.

A full list of funded items is below:
  • Towns Against Graffiti – Partnership of 9 Municipalities for Graffiti Removal – $165,000.00
  • Bensalem Emergency Responder Radio Replacement – $153,327.71
  • Bensalem Township Fire/EMS Upgrades – $70,000.00
  • YWCA Family Center Support Center – $60,000.00
  • Bucks County Rescue Squad Ambulance Acquisition – $133,702.00
  • Bristol Borough Police Patrol Vehicle Acquisition – $51,322.00
  • Bristol Borough Volunteer Fire Stations Vehicle Exhaust Systems – $120,278.00
  • Bristol Borough Pedestrian Traffic Signal Upgrades – $109,000.00
  • Bristol Township Traffic Signal Improvements – $124,000.00
  • Bristol Township Battery Backups for Traffic Signals – $96,625.00
  • Bristol Township Municipal Complex Expansion Project – $18,729.00
  • Bristol Township Police Portable Wheel Loading Devices – $49,950.00
  • Bristol Township Police AED Devices – $30,000.00
  • Bristol Township Traffic Calming Devices – $17,060.00
  • Bristol Township Emergency Management Firefighting Equipment – $15,925.00
  • Bucks County Rescue Squad Equipment Acquisition – $20,000.00
  • Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad Exhaust Capture System – $20,000.00
  • Edgely Fire Company Air Bag Equipment – $20,000.00
  • Levittown Fire Company #2 Air Bag Equipment – $20,000.00
  • Croydon Fire Company Turnout Gear – $20,000.00
  • Third District Fire Company Equipment – $15,817.00
  • Lower Bucks County Public Safety Training Center – $600,000.00
  • Bucks County Police Chiefs Assocition Police Records Management System – $100,000.00
  • Hulmeville Borough Parking Lot Improvements – $16,350.00
  • Hulmeville Borough Police and Emergency Management Equipment – $46,125.00
  • Peace Valley Holistic Center Work Program Facility – $50,000.00
  • Lower Bucks County Vietnam Veterans Memorial – $50,000.00
  • Langhorne Borough Police Department Vehicle Acquisition – $56,763.00
  • Langhorne Borough Public Works Vehicle Acquisition – $36,637.0030
  • Langhorne Borough Hall Backup Generator $12,950.00
  • Langhorne Borough Police Safety Equipment $18,120.00
  • Langhorne Borough Traffic Camera Installation $49,804.00
  • Langhorne Borough License Plate Recognition Camera $14,025.00
  • Langhorne Borough Traffic Calming Devices $7,280.00
  • Langhorne Borough SCBA Replacement for Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company $40,000.00
  • Langhorne Manor Borough Road Improvements $200,000.00
  • Langhorne Manor Borough Public Works Vehicle $31,000.00
  • Langhorne Manor Borough SCBA Replacement for Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company $40,000.00
  • Lower Southampton Road Improvements $250,000.00
  • Lower Southampton Public Works Vehicle $85,179.00
  • Lower Southampton Police Vehicle and Camera System $143,190.00
  • Lower Southampton Fire Department Equipment $12,177.00
  • Tri-Hampton Rescue Squad Radios $24,971.00
  • Middletown Township Police Department Vehicles $238,593.00
  • Middletown Township Public Works Vehicles $101,928.00
  • Middletown Township Heart Monitors for Penndel-Middletown Emergency Squad $105,000.00
  • Middletown Township SCBA Replacement for Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company $40,000.00
  • Penndel Borough Police Safety Equipment $23,574.00
  • Penndel Borough Municpal Complex Improvements $67,648.00
  • Penndel Volunteer Fire Company Facility Improvements $35,000.00
  • Penndel Volunteer Fire Company Rescue Equipment $70,000.00
  • Penndel Borough Heart Monitor for Penndel-Middletown Emergency Squad $35,000.00