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A07280
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
1005
Session of
2017
I NTRODUCED BY EI CHELBERGER, McGARRI GLE, HUTCHI NSON, BLAKE AND
SCHWANK, DECEMBER 28, 2017
AS AMENDED ON THI RD CONSI DERATI ON, MAY 22, 2018
AN ACT
Amendi ng t he act of August 9, 1955 ( P. L. 323, No. 130) , ent i t l ed,
" An ac t r el at i ng t o count i es of t he f i r s t , t hi r d, f our t h,
f i f t h, s i x t h, sevent h and ei ght h cl asses; amendi ng, r evi si ng,
consol i dat i ng and changi ng t he l aws r el at i ng t her et o;
r el at i ng t o i mposi t i on of ex ci se t ax es by count i es , i nc l udi ng
aut hor i zi ng i mposi t i on of an exci se t ax on t he r ent al of
mot or v ehi cl es by count i es of t he f i r st c l as s; and pr ovi di ng
f or r egi onal r enai s sance i ni t i at i ves, " maki ng ext ens i v e
r ev i si ons r el at i ng t o pr el i mi nar y pr ovi si ons ; names and
cor por at e power s, c l as si f i cat i on of c ount i es; f i xi ng and
r el ocat i ng l i nes and boundar i es; count y of f i cer s; count y
commi ssi oner s and chi ef c l er ks; cont r ol l er ; audi t or s;
t r easur er ; c ount y sol i ci t or ; engi neer ; sher i f f and cor oner ;
pr ot honot ar y , cl er k s of cour t , c l er k of or phan' s c our t ,
r egi s t er of wi l l s , r ec or der of deeds; di s t r i c t at t or ney ,
as si st ant s and det ec t i ves; s al ar i es of count y of f i c er s ; f ees
of s al ar i ed c ount y of f i cer s, sal ar y boar ds , pay ment of
sol i c i t or s appoi nt ed by count y of f i cer s; f i sc al af f ai r s;
cont r ac t s and s pec i al power s and dut i es of count i es; publ i c
heal t h; aer onaut i c s; gr ounds and bui l di ngs ; emi nent domai n
and i nj ur y t o pr oper t y ; r ec r eat i on pl aces; br i dges , vi aduct s
and cul v er t s and r oads ; pr ovi di ng f or mi l i t ar y and vet er ans
af f ai r s; and mak i ng edi t or i al c hanges.
The Gener al Ass embl y of t he Commonweal t h of Pennsyl v ani a
her eby enac t s as f ol l ows :
Sect i on 1. The t i t l e of t he ac t of August 9, 1955 ( P. L. 323,
No. 130) , k nown as The Count y Code, i s amended t o r ead:
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Rel at i ng t o count i es of t he f i r st , second cl ass A, t hi r d,
f our t h, f i f t h, si xt h, sevent h and ei ght h cl asses ; amendi ng,
r ev i si ng, c onsol i dat i ng and changi ng t he l aws r el at i ng
t her et o; r el at i ng t o i mposi t i on of exci s e t ax es by count i es ,
i nc l udi ng aut hor i zi ng i mpos i t i on of an ex ci se t ax on t he
r ent al of mot or v ehi c l es by count i es of t he f i r st c l as s; and
pr ovi di ng f or r egi onal r enai s sance i ni t i at i ves.
Sect i on 2. Sect i on 102 of t he act , amended Apr i l 20, 2016
( P. L. 134, No. 18) , i s amended t o r ead:
Sect i on 102. Appl i cabi l i t y. - -( a) Ex cept i nci dent al l y, as i n
sect i ons 108, 201, 210, 211, 401 and 1401 or as pr ov i ded i n
sect i on 1770. 12, Ar t i cl e XI I - B and Ar t i cl e XXX, t hi s act does
not appl y t o c ount i es of t he f i r st [ , s ec ond A, ] or s econd
cl asses .
( b) Ex cept wher e ot her wi s e speci f i cal l y l i mi t ed, t hi s act
appl i es t o al l count i es of t he second A, t hi r d, f our t h, f i f t h,
si xt h, sevent h and ei ght h cl asses.
Sect i on 3. The act i s amended by addi ng a sect i on t o r ead:
Sect i on 102. 1. Def i ni t i ons . - - The f ol l owi ng wor ds and phr ases
when used i n t hi s act shal l hav e t he meani ngs gi v en t o t hem i n
t hi s sect i on unl ess t he c ont ext cl ear l y i ndi cat es ot her wi s e:
" Muni ci pal c or por at i on. " A c i t y, bor ough, i ncor por at ed t own,
t ownshi p of t he f i r st or s econd c l as s or a home r ul e or opt i onal
char t er muni ci pal i t y ot her t han a count y .
" Muni ci pal i t y. " A muni c i pal c or por at i on or c ount y.
" Recr eat i on pl aces. " The t er m i nc l udes publ i c par ks ,
par kways, br i dl e pat hs , hor s e s how r i ngs , f oot pat hs ,
pl aygr ounds, pl ay f i el ds, gymnasi ums, publ i c bat hs, swi mmi ng
pool s , agr i c ul t ur al f ai r gr ounds or ot her i ndoor or out door
r ec r eat i on c ent er s .
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" St r eet . " A s t r eet , r oad, l ane, cour t , c ul - de- sac, al l ey,
publ i c way or publ i c s quar e.
Sect i on 4. Sect i ons 103, 104, 105, 106, 107 and 108 of t he
ac t ar e amended t o r ead:
Sect i on 103. Ex cl uded Pr ovi si ons . - - Thi s ac t does not i ncl ude
any pr ovi si ons of , and s hal l not be const r ued t o r epeal :
( 1) [ The Muni ci pal Bor r owi ng Law, appr oved June t went y - f i ve,
one t hous and ni ne hundr ed f or t y - one ( Pamphl et Laws 159) ] 53
Pa. C. S. Pt . VI I Subpt . B ( r el at i ng t o i ndebt ednes s and
bor r owi ng).
( 2) [ The Pennsyl vani a El ect i on Code, ] Ex cept as ot her wi se
pr ovi ded i n sect i on 3903, t he act of June 3, 1937 ( P. L. 1333,
No. 320) , k nown as t he " Penns yl vani a El ec t i on Code, " appr oved
June t hr ee, one t housand ni ne hundr ed t hi r t y- seven ( Pamphl et
Laws 1333) .
( 4) The Local Heal t h Admi ni s t r at i on Law, appr oved August
t went y - f our , one t hous and ni ne hundr ed f i f t y- one ( Pamphl et Laws
1304) .
( 5) [ The Muni ci pal Unc l ai med Money s Act , appr oved May
sevent een, one t housand ni ne hundr ed f or t y- ni ne ( Pamphl et Laws
1403) . ] Ar t i cl e XI I I . 1 of t he act of Apr i l 9, 1929 ( P. L. 343,
No. 176) , k nown as " The Fi scal Code. "
( 6) [ Any ] Ex cept wher e ot her wi s e expr essl y pr ovi ded, any l aw
r el at i ng t o t he col l ect i on of muni ci pal and t ax cl ai ms.
( 7) [ Ex cept as pr ov i ded under s ubdi v i s i on ( e) of Ar t i cl e
XVI I , any ] Any l aw r el at i ng t o t he as sess ment and val uat i on of
pr oper t y and per sons f or t ax at i on.
( 8) Any l aw r el at i ng t o t he gi v i ng of count y cons ent t o
publ i c [ ut i l i t y cor por at i ons] ut i l i t i es.
( 9) Any l aw r el at i ng t o St at e hi ghway s.
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( 10) Any l aw r el at i ng t o t he val i dat i on of el ect i ons , bonds,
r es ol ut i ons and ac count s of cor por at e of f i cer s.
( 11) Any l aw r el at i ng t o col l ect i ons by count y of f i c er s of
moneys f or t he Commonweal t h, and t he i s suanc e of St at e l i censes.
( 12) Any l aw r el at i ng t o t he gov er nment and r egul at i on of
j ai l s, pr i s ons and ot her cor r ec t i onal i ns t i t ut i ons and t he
commi t ment t her et o, and mai nt enance and car e of pr i soner s or
i nmat es t her ei n.
( 13) Any l aw r el at i ng t o ci vi l and c r i mi nal pr ocedur e,
ex cept s pec i al pr ovi si ons conc er ni ng act i on.
( 14) Any l aw r el at i ng t o j oi nt c ount y and muni c i pal
bui l di ngs and wor k s.
( 15) Any l aw r el at i ng t o count y l i br ar i es , ex cept l aw
l i br ar i es.
( 16) Any l aw r el at i ng t o t he r ec or di ng of deeds , mor t gages
or ot her i nst r ument s i n wr i t i ng.
( 17) Any l aw r el at i ng t o t he r e- bi ndi ng, r e- i ndexi ng and
t r anscr i bi ng of r ecor ds i n c ount y of f i ces.
( 18) Any l aw r el at i ng t o t he f ees of c ount y of f i cer s, except
as any such ac t s ar e r epeal ed by [ sect i on t wo t housand ni ne
hundr ed one] Ar t i cl e XXXI X of t hi s act .
( 19) Any t empor ar y l aw.
( 20) Any amendment or s uppl ement of any of t he l aws r ef er r ed
t o i n t hi s s ec t i on.
( 21) [ The Publ i c Ut i l i t y Law, appr oved May t went y- ei ght , one
t housand ni ne hundr ed t hi r t y- seven ( Pamphl et Laws 1053) ] 66
Pa. C. S. Pt . I ( r el at i ng t o publ i c ut i l i t y code).
Sect i on 104. Savi ng Cl aus e. - - ( a) The pr ovi si ons of t hi s
ac t , as f ar as t hey ar e t he same as t hos e of exi st i ng l aws ,
shal l be c ons t r ued as a cont i nuat i on of such l aws , and not as
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new enac t ment s . The r epeal by t hi s act of any pr ov i si ons of l aw,
shal l not r evi ve any l aw [ her et of or e] pr evi ous l y r epeal ed or
super s eded, nor af f ec t t he ex i st ence or c l as s of any count y
[ her et of or e] pr evi ous l y c r eat ed. The pr ovi si ons of t hi s act
shal l not af f ec t any act done, l i abi l i t y i nc ur r ed, or r i ght
ac cr ued or vest ed, nor af f ec t any sui t or pr osecut i on, pendi ng
or t o be i nst i t ut ed, t o enf or ce any r i ght or penal t y , or puni s h
any of f ens e under t he aut hor i t y of [ such] t he r epeal ed l aws .
( b) Al l or di nances, r es ol ut i ons , r egul at i ons and r ul es , made
pur suant t o any act [ of As sembl y] r epeal ed by t hi s act , shal l
cont i nue wi t h t he same f or ce and ef f ec t as i f [ such] t he ac t had
not been r epeal ed. Al l l ocal ac t s [ of Assembl y ] appl y i ng t o
par t i cul ar count i es, not s pec i f i c al l y r epeal ed, s hal l cont i nue
i n f or c e, and any pr ovi si ons of t hi s act i nconsi st ent
[ t her ewi t h] wi t h l ocal l aws shal l not appl y t o t he count i es
af f ec t ed by [ such] t he l oc al l aws, unl ess [ s uch] t he appl i cat i on
i s cl ear l y i ndi cat ed.
( c) Al l act s and par t s of ac t s [ of Ass embl y ] r el at i ng t o
count i es, or t o par t i cul ar c l as ses of count i es, i n f or ce [ at t he
t i me of t he adopt i on of t hi s act ] as of Januar y 1, 1956, and not
r epeal ed [ her eby ] by t hi s act, shal l r emai n i n f or c e i n t he same
manner and wi t h t he same ef f ect as pr i or t o t he adopt i on of t hi s
ac t .
( d) Thi s act s hal l be cons i der ed a c ont i nuat i on of t he ac t
of J ul y 28, 1953 ( P. L. 723, No. 230) , k nown as t he " Second Cl ass
Count y Code, " as i t per t ai ns t o second cl ass A count i es except
wher e ot her wi s e expr essl y pr ovi ded. The r epeal of t he " Second
Cl ass Count y Code, " as i t r el at es t o s econd c l ass A count i es by
sect i on 3901 of t hi s act shal l not be const r ued as modi f yi ng or
r epeal i ng any t er m of of f i ce, power , or di nanc e, r ul e or
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r egul at i on of home r ul e count i es or count i es of t he s ec ond cl ass
A exi st i ng on t he ef f ec t i ve dat e of t hi s subsect i on.
Sect i on 105. Hol di ng of Of f i c e. - - Any per son hol di ng el ect i ve
of f i c e under any act [ of As sembl y] r epeal ed by t hi s act s hal l
cont i nue t o hol d [ such] t he of f i c e unt i l t he expi r at i on of t he
per son' s t er m [ t her eof ] , subj ect t o t he c ondi t i ons and sal ar y
at t ac hed t o [ such] t he of f i c e pr i or t o t he pas sage of t hi s act .
Sect i on 106. Cons t r uc t i on of Ref er ences. - - Whenev er i n t hi s
ac t r ef er enc e i s made t o any act [ by t i t l e, or name, s uch], t he
r ef er enc e shal l al s o appl y t o and i ncl ude any codi f i cat i ons
wher ei n t he pr ovi si ons of t he ac t r ef er r ed t o ar e subst ant i al l y
r eenact ed or t o r eenac t ment s , r ev i si ons or amendment s of t he
ac t .
Sect i on 107. Cons t i t ut i onal Const r uc t i on. - - The pr ovi si ons of
t hi s ac t shal l be sever abl e, and, i f any of i t s pr ovi si ons ar e
hel d t o be unc onst i t ut i onal , t he dec i si on of t he cour t s hal l not
af f ec t t he val i di t y of t he r emai ni ng pr ovi si ons of t hi s act . I t
i s her eby dec l ar ed as a l egi sl at i ve i nt ent t hat t hi s act woul d
hav e been adopt ed by t he Gener al Assembl y had [ such] t he
unc onst i t ut i onal pr ov i si ons not been i ncl uded [ t her ei n] wi t hi n
t hi s ac t.
Sect i on 108. Legi sl at i on Acc or di ng t o Cl ass. - - The af f ai r s of
count i es [ ar e her ei n and s hal l her eaf t er ] shal l be l egi sl at ed
f or and r egul at ed by gener al l aws , appl i cabl e t o al l c ount i es,
or t o par t i c ul ar cl as ses, as [ her ei n] f i x ed and appoi nt ed by
t hi s ac t. Al l l aws adopt ed by t he Gener al Ass embl y f or one or
mor e of t he c l as ses [ her ei n] f i x ed and appoi nt ed by t hi s act
shal l be deemed t o be gener al l aws.
Sect i on 5. The act i s amended by addi ng a sect i on t o r ead:
Sect i on 108. 1. Col l ec t i on of Tax on Real Pr oper t y f r om Rent
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Pai d t o Owner i n Count y of t he Second Cl ass A. - - ( a) Wher e t he
owner of any r esi dent i al or c ommer ci al r eal pr oper t y t hat i s
l oc at ed i n a c ount y of t he second cl as s A and subj ect t o a c l ai m
OWED TO THE COUNTY pur s uant t o t he ac t of May 16, 1923 ( P. L. 207,
No. 153) , r ef er r ed t o as t he Muni ci pal Cl ai m and Tax Li en Law,
der i ves any r ent al i ncome f r om t hat pr oper t y, t he c ount y
t r easur er s hal l not i f y t he pr oper t y owner i n wr i t i ng of t he
pr oper t y owner ' s dut y t o r emi t t hat r ent al i ncome t o t he of f i c e
of t he count y t r eas ur er . The r ent r emi t t ed shal l be appl i ed t o
t he amount of t ax owed TO THE COUNTY , al ong wi t h any i nt er es t or
penal t i es due, unt i l t he c l ai m i s pai d i n f ul l .
( b) The not i c e of t he c ount y t r eas ur er s hal l i ncl ude t he
amount of t he c l ai m on t he pr oper t y, i ncl udi ng i nt er es t and
penal t i es , and t he dat e or dat es t he r ent al i ncome i s t o be
r emi t t ed. I f , af t er f i f t een days of t he dat e or dat es spec i f i ed
i n t he not i ce, t he pr oper t y owner f ai l s t o r emi t t he r ent al
i nc ome, t he c ount y may i mmedi at el y begi n t he j udi c i al s al e
pr ocess pr ovi ded f or i n t he Muni c i pal Cl ai m and Tax Li en Law.
Sect i on 6. Sect i on 109 of t he act i s amended t o r ead:
Sect i on 109. Pr oceedi ngs f or Rec ov er y of Penal t i es. - - Unl ess
[ her ei n] ot her wi s e s pec i f i c al l y pr ovi ded[ , i n ev er y case i n
whi ch] i n t hi s ac t , when any pecuni ar y penal t y or f or f ei t ur e i s
i mpos ed by t hi s act , t he pr oceedi ng f or t he r ecover y of t he same
shal l be by i ndi ct ment i n t he cour t of [ quar t er s essi ons ] common
pl eas, or by ci vi l ac t i on as debt s of equi v al ent amount ar e by
l aw r ecover abl e. [ Al der men or j ust i ces of t he peac e] Magi st er i al
di s t r i c t j udges shal l not hav e j ur i s di c t i on of any sui t or
ac t i on f or t he r ecover y of any penal t y i mpos ed by t hi s act f or
of f i c i al mi sconduc t . Suc h s ui t or ac t i on, when br ought i n t he
cour t of c ommon pl eas , shal l hav e pr ef er enc e f or t r i al over al l
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ot her act i ons .
Sect i on 7. The act i s amended by addi ng a sect i on t o r ead:
Sect i on 109. 1. Col l ec t i on of Tax and Muni ci pal Cl ai ms by
Sui t ; Li mi t at i ons . - - ( a) I n addi t i on t o t he r emedi es pr ov i ded by
l aw f or t he c ol l ec t i on of t ax and muni ci pal cl ai ms, a count y may
pr oceed f or t he r ecover y and col l ect i on of any t ax or muni c i pal
cl ai m OWED TO THE COUNTY agai nst any owner or owner s of t he
pr oper t y owi ng t he t ax or muni ci pal c l ai m TO THE COUNTY by a
ci vi l ac t i on or ot her appr opr i at e r emedy . To eac h j udgment
obt ai ned f or t he t axes or muni ci pal cl ai m, t her e shal l be added
a penal t y of t en per c ent um, i nt er es t at t he pr ev ai l i ng l egal
r at e and c ost s of sui t . Upon j udgment , execut i on may be i s sued
wi t hout any st ay or benef i t of any ex empt i on l aw.
( b) The r i ght of a c ount y t o col l ect unpai d t ax es or
muni ci pal c l ai ms OWED TO THE COUNTY under t he pr ov i s i ons of t hi s
sect i on s hal l not be af f ect ed by t he f ac t t hat t he t ax or
muni ci pal c l ai ms have or have not been ent er ed as l i ens i n t he
of f i c e of t he pr ot honot ar y .
( c) A ci vi l ac t i on br ought t o r ecover unpai d t ax es or
muni ci pal c l ai ms OWED TO THE COUNTY s hal l be commenced wi t hi n
t went y year s of t he f ol l owi ng:
( 1) The dat e a t ax i s due.
( 2) The dat e of compl et i on of an i mpr ovement f r om whi ch t he
cl ai m ar i ses.
( 3) The dat e t hat t he pr oper t y owner f i r s t bec ame l i abl e f or
pay ment of any c l ai m ot her t han t hat f or t axes or i mpr ov ement s .
( d) The r emedy gr ant ed under t hi s sect i on s hal l be appl i ed
r et r oac t i vel y .
Sect i on 8. Sect i ons 110, 202, 210, 211, 301, 302, 303, 304,
305, 306, 401, 402 and 403 of t he ac t ar e amended t o r ead:
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Sect i on 110. Publ i cat i on of Legal Not i ces. - -( a) Whenev er ,
under t he pr ovi si ons of t hi s act , adver t i s ement , not i ce or
publ i cat i on i s r equi r ed t o be publ i shed i n one newspaper , [ s uch]
t he publ i cat i on s hal l be made i n a newspaper of gener al
ci r cul at i on as def i ned [ by t he act , appr ov ed May si xt een, one
t housand ni ne hundr ed t went y- ni ne ( Pamphl et Laws 1784) , known as
t he " News paper Adver t i si ng Ac t , " ] i n 45 Pa. C. S. § 101 ( r el at i ng
t o def i ni t i ons ) , pr i nt ed i n t he count y , unl ess t he mat t er i n
connect i on wi t h whi c h t he adver t i si ng i s bei ng done af f ect s onl y
a pol i t i cal subdi v i si on, i n whi c h case [ such] t he adv er t i sement
shal l be publ i s hed i n a newspaper pr i nt ed i n [ such] t he
pol i t i c al s ubdi vi si on, i f t her e i s such a newspaper and, i f not ,
t hen i n a newspaper c i r c ul at i ng gener al l y i n [ such] t he
pol i t i c al s ubdi vi si on. I f [ s uc h] not i c e i s r equi r ed t o be
publ i shed i n mor e t han one newspaper , i t shal l be publ i shed i n
at l eas t one news paper of gener al c i r c ul at i on[ , def i ned as
af or es ai d] , pr i nt ed, i f t her e [ be] i s such a news paper , or
ci r cul at i ng gener al l y i n t he c ount y, as [ above] pr ovi ded [ i n t he
count y ] above.
( b) When [ such] t he not i ce r el at es t o any pr oc eedi ng or
mat t er i n any cour t , or t he hol di ng of an el ect i on f or t he
i nc r ease of i ndebt ednes s, or t he i s sue and s al e of bonds t o be
pai d by t ax at i on, [ s uch] t he not i ce shal l al so be publ i shed i n
t he l egal newspaper , i f any , des i gnat ed by t he r ul es of cour t of
t he pr oper count y f or t he publ i c at i on of l egal not i ces and
adv er t i sement , unl ess [ s uch] t he publ i cat i on [ be] i s di spens ed
wi t h by speci al or der of cour t . Al l or di nances, audi t or s '
r epor t s, c ont r ol l er s' r epor t s, or adver t i s ement s , i nv i t i ng
pr oposal s f or publ i c cont r act s and f or bi ds f or mat er i al s and
suppl i es , shal l be publ i shed onl y i n news paper s of gener al
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ci r cul at i on[ , as her ei nbef or e def i ned] .
( c) Not hi ng i n t hi s act shal l pr ecl ude t he publ i cat i on of
not i ces by means ot her t han i n a news paper t o t he ext ent
aut hor i zed by l aw.
Sect i on 202. Gener al Power s. - - Each count y shal l have
capac i t y as a body cor por at e t o:
( 1) Hav e s ucces si on per pet ual l y by i t s c or por at e name.
( 2) Sue and be s ued and c ompl ai n and def end i n al l pr oper
cour t s by t he name of t he c ount y of . . . . . . . . . . . .
( 3) Pur chase, acqui r e by gi f t or ot her wi se, hol d, l eas e, l et
and conv ey [ such] r eal and per s onal pr oper t y as shal l be deemed
t o be f or t he bes t i nt er est s of t he c ount y .
( 4) Make cont r act s f or c ar r y i ng i nt o execut i on t he l aws
r el at i ng t o count i es and f or al l l awf ul pur pos es .
( 5) Hav e and use a s eal whi ch shal l be i n t he cust ody of t he
commi ssi oner s [ t her eof ] . The of f i ci al ac t s of t he c ommi ss i oner s
shal l be aut hent i cat ed [ t her ewi t h] wi t h t he seal. The
commi ssi oner s may pr escr i be t he f or m of [ s uch] t he seal .
( 6) To make appr opr i at i ons f or any pur pos e aut hor i zed by
t hi s or any ot her act of t he Gener al Assembl y.
Sect i on 210. Count i es Di v i ded I nt o Ni ne Cl asses . - - For t he
pur pos es of l egi sl at i on and t he r egul at i on of t hei r af f ai r s,
count i es of t hi s Commonweal t h, now i n ex i st ence and t hose
her eaf t er c r eat ed, shal l be di v i ded i nt o ni ne c l as ses as
f ol l ows :
( 1) Fi r st Cl ass Count i es, t hose hav i ng a popul at i on of
1, 500, 000 i nhabi t ant s and ov er .
( 2) Sec ond Cl as s Count i es, t hose hav i ng a popul at i on of
[ 800, 000] 1, 000, 000 and mor e but l ess t han 1, 500, 000
i nhabi t ant s .
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( 2. 1) Second Cl ass A Count i es, t hose hav i ng a popul at i on of
500, 000 and mor e but l es s t han [ 800, 000] 1, 000, 000 i nhabi t ant s .
( 3) ( i ) Thi r d Cl ass Count i es, t hose havi ng a popul at i on of
210, 000 and mor e but l es s t han 500, 000 i nhabi t ant s .
( i i ) Af t er t he r esul t s of any Feder al Dec enni al Census ar e
publ i shed, any count y of t he t hi r d cl ass hav i ng a popul at i on of
500, 000 i nhabi t ant s and ov er may el ect not t o bec ome a count y of
t he s ec ond cl ass A by enac t i ng an or di nance or adopt i ng a
r es ol ut i on of t he [ Boar d of Count y Commi ssi oner s] commi ssi oner s
not l at er t han Febr uar y 15 of t he year f ol l owi ng t he y ear i n
whi ch t he f i gur es f r om t he Feder al Dec enni al Census ar e
cer t i f i ed by t he Uni t ed St at es Depar t ment of Commer ce and
av ai l abl e.
( 4) Four t h Cl ass Count i es, t hose havi ng a popul at i on of
145, 000 and mor e but l es s t han 210, 000 i nhabi t ant s .
( 5) Fi f t h Cl ass Count i es, t hos e havi ng a popul at i on of
90, 000 and mor e but l ess t han 145, 000 i nhabi t ant s .
( 6) Si x t h Cl as s Count i es, t hose hav i ng a popul at i on of
45, 000 and mor e but l ess t han 90, 000 i nhabi t ant s and t hose
hav i ng a popul at i on of 35, 000 and mor e but l ess t han 45, 000
i nhabi t ant s whi ch by or di nance or r esol ut i on of t he [ Boar d of
Count y Commi s si oner s] commi ssi oner s el ect t o be a count y of t he
si xt h cl ass.
( 7) Sev ent h Cl as s Count i es, t hose hav i ng a popul at i on of
20, 000 or mor e but l es s t han 45, 000 i nhabi t ant s and t hose hav i ng
a popul at i on of 35, 000 and mor e but l ess t han 45, 000 i nhabi t ant s
whi ch have not el ect ed t o be a c ount y of t he si xt h cl ass.
( 8) Ei ght h Cl ass Count i es, t hose hav i ng a popul at i on of l ess
t han 20, 000 i nhabi t ant s .
Sect i on 211. As cer t ai nment , Cer t i f i c at i on and Ef f ect of
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Change of Cl ass. - - ( a) The cl as si f i cat i on of c ount i es shal l be
as cer t ai ned and f i x ed accor di ng t o t hei r popul at i on by r ef er enc e
f r om t i me t o t i me t o t he dec enni al Uni t ed St at es census as
[ her ei naf t er pr ov i ded, deduc t i ng t her ef r om] pr ov i ded i n t hi s
sect i on, l ess t he number of per sons r esi di ng on any l ands t hat
hav e been c eded t o t he Uni t ed St at es .
( b) Whenever i t s hal l appear by any [ such] dec enni al census
t hat [ any ] a count y has at t ai ned a popul at i on ent i t l i ng i t t o an
adv ance i n c l as si f i cat i on, or whenever i t s hal l appear by t he
l as t t wo pr ecedi ng c ensuses t hat a c ount y has [ her et of or e or
her eaf t er ] dec r eased i n popul at i on s o as t o r ec ede i n
cl assi f i cat i on, as [ her ei n pr escr i bed] pr ovi ded i n t hi s s ec t i on,
i t shal l be t he dut y of t he Gover nor , under t he gr eat seal of
t hi s Commonweal t h, t o c er t i f y t hat f act accor di ngl y, t o t he
[ boar d of c ount y] commi s si oner s on or bef or e t he f i r s t day of
Oc t ober of t he y ear succeedi ng [ t hat ] t he year i n whi ch t he
census was t ak en [ or as soon t her eaf t er as may be] , whi c h
cer t i f i c at e s hal l be f or war ded by t he c ommi ssi oner s t o t he
r ec or der of deeds and be r ecor ded i n [ hi s] t he r ecor der ' s
of f i c e.
I t i s t he i nt ent of t hi s sect i on t hat t he c l as si f i cat i on of
any count y shal l not be c hanged bec ause i t s popul at i on has
dec r eased at t he t i me of one Uni t ed St at es dec enni al c ens us ,
bec ause i t i s r ec ogni z ed t hat a change i n t he f or m of l ocal
gov er nment i s at t ended by cer t ai n ex pense and har dshi p, and
[ such] t he change shoul d not be oc casi oned by a t empor ar y
f l uc t uat i on i n popul at i on, but r at her onl y af t er i t i s
demonst r at ed by t wo c ensuses t hat t he popul at i on of a c ount y has
r emai ned bel ow t he mi ni mum f i gur e of i t s cl ass f or at l eas t a
dec ade.
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( c) Changes of c l as s ascer t ai ned and c er t i f i ed [ as
af or es ai d] shal l bec ome ef f ect i ve on t he f i r st day of J anuar y
nex t f ol l owi ng t he year i n whi c h t he change was [ so] cer t i f i ed
by t he Gov er nor t o t he count y commi ssi oner s but t he s al ar i es of
count y of f i c er s shal l not [ t her eby ] be i ncr eas ed or dec r eased
dur i ng t he t er m f or whi c h t hey shal l have been el ect ed. I n t he
muni ci pal el ect i on f ol l owi ng [ s uch] t he cer t i f i c at i on of change
of c l as s and pr ecedi ng t he ef f ec t i ve dat e of [ s uc h] t he change,
t he pr oper number of per s ons shal l be el ect ed t o f i l l any
el ect i ve of f i c e whi c h wi l l exi st i n t he count y by t he c hange of
cl assi f i cat i on c er t i f i ed. No el ect i on s hal l be hel d f or any
of f i c e whi c h wi l l be abol i shed as a r esul t of [ s uc h] a c hange of
cl assi f i cat i on.
Sect i on 301. Pet i t i on t o [ Super i or ] Commonweal t h Cour t . - - ( a)
The boundar y l i ne bet ween any t wo or mor e adj oi ni ng c ount i es may
be det er mi ned, sur veyed, [ r el ocat ed] es t abl i shed or mar k ed i n
t he manner pr ov i ded by t hi s ar t i c l e.
( b) Suc h a pr oceedi ng s hal l be i nst i t ut ed on pet i t i on of any
t ax pay er , t he [ c ount y] commi ssi oner s or t he [ cor por at e
aut hor i t i es] gov er ni ng body of any pol i t i c al s ubdi v i si on of any
of t he count i es i nvol ved.
Sect i on 302. [ Super i or ] Commonweal t h Cour t t o Des i gnat e
Neut r al Cour t ; Appoi nt ment of Commi ss i on. - - ( a) The cour t , upon
t he f i l i ng of such pet i t i on, shal l des i gnat e a c our t of a c ount y
not af f ec t ed by t he quest i on and not adj oi ni ng any of t he
count i es i nvol ved t o act i n t he pr oc eedi ng. The desi gnat ed cour t
[ so des i gnat ed] s hal l si t i n i t s home c ount y .
( b) I f i t appear s t o t he [ c our t s o] des i gnat ed c our t t hat
t he c ount y l i ne, or any par t t her eof , s hal l be s ur v ey ed or
mar k ed, i t shal l appoi nt a boundar y commi ssi on, c ompos ed of
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t hr ee s ur v eyor s or pr of es si onal engi neer s [ i n c i vi l
engi neer i ng, ] l i censed or r egi s t er ed i n ac cor dance wi t h t he ac t
of May 23, 1945 ( P. L. 913, No. 367) , k nown as t he " Engi neer , Land
Sur veyor and Geol ogi st Regi s t r at i on Law, " t o ac t f or t he c our t
as her ei naf t er pr ov i ded.
Sect i on 303. Compensat i on, As si st ant s and Ex pens es. - - ( a)
The s ur veyor s or pr of essi onal engi neer s [ i n ci vi l engi neer i ng]
compos i ng [ such] t he boundar y commi ssi on s hal l each r ec ei v e s uch
compens at i on as t he cour t s hal l f i x f or t he t i me nec es sar i l y
spent i n t he di sc har ge of t hei r dut i es and[ , i n addi t i on
t her et o, ] s hal l al so be r ei mbur sed t he necessar y expens es
i nc ur r ed by t hem r es pec t i v el y whi l e engaged upon t he wor k of
[ such] t he commi s si on.
( b) The boundar y commi s si on may empl oy such assi st ant s as
t he c our t shal l al l ow, at a c ompens at i on t o be f i xed by t he
cour t [ , and s uc h as si st ant s shal l be r ei mbur sed t he ac t ual
nec es sar y expenses i ncur r ed by t hem r espect i vel y whi l e empl oyed
by such commi ssi on] . As si st ant s shal l al s o be r ei mbur sed f or
ac t ual nec essar y expens es i ncur r ed whi l e empl oyed by t he
commi ssi on.
( c) Al l c os t s, i nc l udi ng t he necessar y expens es of
adv er t i si ng t he meet i ng of t he boundar y commi s si oner s as
her ei naf t er pr ov i ded, and i n pr ocur i ng and set t i ng t he per manent
monument s [ needf ul ] nec es sar y t o mar k [ i n a per manent manner
such] t he count y l i ne, t he expens es of t he boundar y commi ssi on
and i t s as si st ant s and al l ot her expens es nec essar i l y i ncur r ed,
shal l be pai d by t he i nt er est ed count i es j oi nt l y , i n equal
par t s, or by any par t y or par t i es t o t he pr oceedi ng as t he c our t
may di r ect , upon pr esent at i on of pr oper l y i t emi zed bi l l s , dul y
ver i f i ed by af f i davi t of t he per s on c l ai mi ng pay ment or [some
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one on hi s] s omeone on t he per s on' s behal f .
Sect i on 304. Oat h; Or gani zat i on and Dut i es. - - ( a) The
member s of t he boundar y c ommi ss i on s hal l t ak e and s ubs cr i be [ an
oat h t o per f or m t hei r dut i es i mpar t i al l y and wi t h f i del i t y] t he
oat h as pr ovi ded i n 53 Pa. C. S. § 1141 ( r el at i ng t o f or m of oat hs
of of f i ce) pr i or t o as sumi ng dut i es wi t h t he commi s si on.
( b) The boundar y commi s si on s hal l meet and or gani z e wi t hi n
t wo week s of i t s appoi nt ment . I t s hal l sel ec t f r om i t s
member shi p a c hai r man and al so a s ecr et ar y who shal l keep a f ul l
r ec or d of t he pr oc eedi ngs and wor k of t he commi s si on. [ Bef or e
ent er i ng upon i t s dut i es, i t shal l des i gnat e, by adver t i sement ]
The c ommi s si on s hal l adver t i s e i n not mor e t han t wo newspaper s
publ i shed i n each of t he c ount i es c oncer ned, a t i me and pl ace of
meet i ng, when and wher e par t i es i nt er est ed shal l be hear d. Af t er
[ such] t he hear i ng, i t s hal l , wi t hout unr eas onabl e del ay,
as cer t ai n t he l ocat i on, and s ur v ey and mar k wi t h [ sui t abl e]
per manent monument s [ of a per manent c har act er ] t he ex i st i ng
count y l i ne bet ween s uch count i es[ , i f i t shal l consi der s uc h
ol d count y l i ne a pr oper one] .
Sect i on 305. Aut hor i t y t o Fi x [ New] Undet er mi ned Count y
Li ne. - - ( a) When t he boundar y commi ssi on [ has ascer t ai ned,
l oc at ed and det er mi ned sai d l i ne, i f i t appear s t o i t t hat t he
ex i st i ng c ount y l i ne, f r om any cause what ev er , has bec ome
i nc onveni ent f or any pur pos e, or i mpr oper , di f f i cul t t o
as cer t ai n, or not r el at ed t o t he nat ur al or ot her l and mar k s,
t he c ommi ssi on] cannot det er mi ne, ascer t