ANNEXATION OF CITY, BOROUGH OR TOWNSHIP TO A CONTIGUOUS CITY
                 Act of Apr. 28, 1903, P.L. 332, No. 260              Cl. 53
                                  AN ACT

     For the annexation of any city, borough, township, or part of a
        township, to a contiguous city, and providing for the
        indebtedness of the same.

        Compiler's Note:  Section 10 of Act 588 of 1937 provided that
            Act 260 is repealed insofar as it relates to the
            annexation of a township of the first class, or part
            thereof, to a city or a borough.
        Compiler's Note:  Section 13 of Act 547 of 1929 provided that
            Act 260 is repealed insofar as it relates to the
            annexation of cities of the third class.
        Compiler's Note:  Section 10 of Act 427 of 1923 provided that
            Act 260 is repealed insofar as it relates to the
            annexation of cities of the third class.
        Section 1.  Be it enacted, &c., That any city, borough,
     township, or part of a township, may become annexed to any
     contiguous city in the same county, in the following manner,
     namely:
        There shall be presented to the court of quarter sessions of
     the county a petition, signed by at least five per centum of the
     qualified voters, as shown by the registry lists for the last
     preceding general election of the city, borough, township, or
     part of a township, desiring annexation to a city under this
     act; and in case such petition is for the annexation of a part
     of a township, there shall be a plan attached showing such
     portion, and the petition shall only be signed by qualified
     voters as above defined, and residing in such portion. The
     petition shall be subscribed by the petitioners within three
     months immediately preceding the presentation thereof to the
     court, and shall be verified by affidavit of one or more of the
     petitioners.
        (1 amended Apr. 19, 1905, P.L.216, No.158)
        Section 2.  The petition shall be filed, and thereupon the
     court shall direct notice to be given to the chief executive
     officer of the city to which, the annexation is proposed to be
     made; and it shall be the duty of the councils of such city,
     within three months from the date of said notice, to, by
     ordinance, consent to or disapprove the proposed annexation. If
     the councils disapprove, then there shall be no further
     proceedings under that petition; but if the councils approved,
     then the court shall direct such notice to be given the people
     of the territory proposed to be annexed as the court shall
     consider to be proper and reasonable, and the said notice shall
     state a reasonable date thereafter at which the petition will be
     considered and all parties heard: Provided, however, That in
     case a part of a township is proposed to be annexed, the court
     shall direct that the notice above prescribed be given to the
     people of the entire township of which a part is proposed to be
     annexed.
        Upon the date fixed for the hearing, or as soon thereafter as
     practicable, the court shall hear the case; and, if the
     requirements of this act have been complied with, then shall
     order an election to be held in the petitioning city, borough,
     or township, referred to in the petition, upon the question of
     annexation; and, in the case of a petition for annexation of a
     part of a township, the court shall order an election to be held
     upon the question of annexation in the entire township of which
     a part is proposed to be annexed. If such order be made within
     three months and more than thirty days before the date of any
     general election, such election shall be held at such general
     election; otherwise, it shall be held at such date as the court
     shall fix, but in no case within thirty days from the making of
     such order.
        (2 amended Apr. 24, 1931, P.L.54, No.45)
        Section 3.  The court shall direct that notice be given by
     advertisements or hand-bills, or both, of the time of such
     election; and shall also order the county commissioners to
     prepare separate ballots for such election, which shall read on
     the outside "Annexation" and on the inside "For Annexation" or
     "Against Annexation," and said commissioners shall provide for
     the placing of such ballots at the polling-places, at the
     opening of the polls on the day fixed, and for separate ballot-
     boxes to receive the ballots.
        Section 4.  The election shall be held at the regular
     polling-places, and by the regular election officers, or, in
     case of their absence, their places shall be filled as provided
     by law. In receiving and counting, and in making returns of, the
     votes cast, the inspectors, judges and clerks of said election
     shall be governed by the laws of this Commonwealth regulating
     municipal elections; and the vote shall be counted by the court
     as is now provided by general laws governing municipal
     elections, and all the penalties of the said election laws, for
     the violation thereof, shall apply to the voters, inspectors,
     judges and clerks voting at, and in attendance upon, the
     elections held under the provisions of this act. The result of
     the election shall be certified to the court of quarter sessions
     having jurisdiction of the proceedings.
        Section 5.  If it shall appear by the vote when counted that
     a majority has voted for annexation, the court shall enter a
     decree accordingly; otherwise the proceedings shall be
     dismissed: Provided, however, That in proceedings for the
     annexation of part of a township no decree of annexation shall
     be entered until the Council of Basic Education, after due
     inquiry into the consequent effect upon the school districts
     affected, shall approve in writing of the proposed annexation.
     In case the proceedings shall be dismissed, no petitions from
     that city, borough, township, or part of a township, shall
     thereafter be presented unless signed by twenty per centum of
     the qualified voters thereof, as shown by the registry lists for
     the last preceding general election; and the court shall
     exercise its discretion as to allowing such petitions to be
     filed: Provided, however, That should the court permit such
     petition to be filed, no election shall be ordered to be held
     within two years from the date of the former election on such
     annexation. If in such case the court allows the petition to be
     filed, the proceedings shall be as herein provided for on the
     first petition.
        (5 amended Aug. 13, 1963, P.L.700, No.374)
        Section 6.  If a decree be entered for annexation, on the
     first Monday of January thereafter the territory so annexed
     shall become a part of the city to which it is annexed, and all
     the territory within the limits of the city, as thus enlarged by
     said annexation, shall be liable for the floating and bonded
     indebtedness and the interest thereon of both the annexed
     territory and the city to which it is annexed, so that the taxes
     shall be uniform throughout the territorial limits of the whole
     city.
        The territory annexed shall, as soon as practicable, be
     arranged into wards of the city to which it is annexed, in
     accordance with existing laws.
        This act shall apply to all cases in which the territory
     annexed has not become a part of the city prior to the first
     Monday of January, nineteen hundred and ten.
        (6 amended May 10, 1909, P.L.501, No.280)