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The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board returned $33,150 in licensing fees to 47 municipalities in Luzerne County. The money was part of the nearly $2.1 million given back to 1,135 municipalities in which licensees are located.

Among the largest amounts were: Wilkes-Barre, $6,250; Hazleton, $4,350; Nanticoke, $1,800; Pittston, $1,600; Kingston, $1,500; Hazle Township, $1,400; Wilkes-Barre Township, $1,250; Plains Township, $1,050; and Swoyersville, $1,000.

“As required by the Liquor Code, twice a year we return the fees paid by licensees to those municipalities that have liquor licenses in them,” said PLCB Chairman Joseph E. Brion. “The municipalities receiving the funds have the flexibility to use the money as needed to benefit their citizens.”

The PLCB oversees the regulation of more than 17,000 liquor licenses and permits statewide, including restaurants, clubs and beer distributors. As part of the annual license renewal or validation process, licensees and permitees pay a fee ranging from $125 to $700, based on the type of license and population of the municipality in which the license is located.

The current dispersal period represents fees paid from Aug. 1, 2013, to Jan. 31, 2014. In all, 46 cities, 429 boroughs and 660 townships received funds ranging from $25 to nearly $935,000.

To review the complete list visit http://www.lcb.state.pa.us/cons/groups/licensing/documents/form/002407.pdf.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol and also operates more than 600 Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores statewide. Taxes and store profits are returned to the state’s general Fund. For more information, visit www.lcb.state.pa.us.

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