Carbon and Schuylkill counties received $73,175 in Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board licensing fees.

The amount is a slice of $2.4 million distributed statewide by PLCB, which oversees the regulation of more than 17,000 liquor licenses and permits statewide, including restaurants, clubs and beer distributors.

Carbon County received $19,650, including $1,250 for Lansford, $1,350 for Lehighton, $2,900 for Jim Thorpe and $1,600 for Palmerton.

Schuylkill County received $53,525, including $950 for Coaldale, $300 for New Ringgold, $3,950 for Tamaqua, and $1,450 for West Penn Township.

As part of the annual license renewal or validation process, licensees and permittees 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.

As required by law, the PLCB returns the fees to those municipalities twice a year. The current dispersal period represents fees paid from Feb. 1 to July 31.

In all, 56 cities, 561 boroughs and 801 townships received funds ranging from $25 to nearly $400,000.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board 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 Pennsylvania's General Fund, helping to pay the cost of essential services such as education, health care, infrastructure and public safety.

For the complete list of municipalities receiving fee distributions, visit: http://www.lcb.state.pa.us/cons/groups/externalaffairs/documents/form/00....