REGULATING THE ANNEXATION OF PARTS OF A SECOND CLASS TOWNSHIP TO OTHER
                              MUNICIPALITIES
                 Act of Jul. 20, 1953, P.L. 550, No. 145              Cl. 73
                                  AN ACT

     Providing for and regulating the annexation of parts of a second
        class township to boroughs, cities and townships.

        The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     hereby enacts as follows:

        Section 1.  Whenever the annexation of territory in a second
     class township to a borough, city or township is desired, a
     majority of the freeholders in the proposed annexed territory
     shall petition the borough, city or township requesting the
     annexation. The determination of the required number of
     petitioners shall be made as of the date the petition is
     presented to the borough or city or township. The petition shall
     be accompanied by a fee of one hundred fifty dollars ($150) and
     shall be approved or disapproved by ordinance of said borough,
     city or township. The said sum shall be applied to the purpose
     expressed in section 8 hereof and shall be returned to the
     petitioners if found unnecessary for the purpose.
        A copy of the petition, without the signatures, shall be
     filed with the supervisors of the township concerned prior to
     its presentation to the city, borough or township, and a
     certification of such filing shall be signed by at least one
     signer of the petition and be attached to the petition when
     presented to the city, borough or township.
        A majority in interest of owners of undivided interests in
     any piece of property shall be deemed and treated as one person
     for the purpose of ascertaining the number of petitioners.
        Section 2.  The petition, after its approval by council,
     commissioners or supervisors, shall be certified to the court of
     quarter sessions by the secretary of the borough or township or
     clerk of the city. If, within thirty days thereafter, no person
     aggrieved by the ordinance complains to the court, asking for
     the appointment of a board of commissioners as a fact finding
     body, the court shall determine the question, and, if it is
     satisfied as to the legality of the proceeding and the propriety
     of the annexation as serving public interests, shall affirm the
     annexation.
        Section 3.  If, within thirty days after the ordinance has
     been certified to the court, any person aggrieved by the
     ordinance shall complain to the court, asking for the
     appointment of a board of commissioners as a fact finding body,
     the court, if satisfied with the legality of the proceeding and
     the propriety of the annexation as serving public interests,
     shall appoint a board of three commissioners to make a study of
     the facts in the matter. No person shall be appointed as a
     member of the board who is a resident or taxpayer of the borough
     or city or of the township affected by the proposed annexation,
     or who has a substantial interest in the proceeding, financial
     or otherwise.
        Section 4.  Within sixty days after its appointment, the
     board shall inquire into and make findings of fact as to (1) the
     relative advantages and disadvantages to the borough, city or
     township, and the township affected by the annexation, (2) the
     assessed valuation of the township, the assessed valuation of
     the territory to be annexed, and how the annexation would affect
     the remainder of the territory, (3) the township indebtedness,
     (4) the value of all public improvements, including, but not
     limited to, roads, buildings and sewers in the territory to be
     annexed and the indebtedness chargeable thereto, (5) the future
     plan of the entire area, and (6) any other matters directed by
     the court.
        Section 5.  The court shall consider the findings of the
     board, together with any facts that may be submitted to it, and
     shall make an order either dismissing the proceedings or
     affirming the annexation.
        Section 6.  The annexation, if affirmed by the court, shall
     become effective as of the date of approval by the court, if
     that date is two months or more prior to the date of the next
     election or primary. If the date of approval by the court is
     less than two months prior to the date of the next election or
     primary, then the annexation shall take effect immediately after
     the election or primary.
        Section 7.  If the court shall affirm the annexation, it
     shall adjust the indebtedness as provided by law. Taxes levied
     prior to the effective date of the annexation shall be paid to
     the township where levied and the collection and enforcement
     shall be as though the land had not been annexed.
        Section 8.  The members of the commission shall be
     compensated to the extent of fifty dollars ($50) each, which
     shall be deposited in said court by the borough, city or
     township.
        Section 9.  All acts and parts of acts are hereby repealed in
     so far as they are inconsistent with the provisions of this act.