Source: Pennsylvania Economy League
The merger between the city of Hermitage and Wheatland borough is the second time in two years that voters approved a third-class city combining with another municipality.
Voters in the city of DuBois and Sandy Township approved a merger in 2021. The DuBois and Hermitage mergers are the first involving PA third-class cities in decades.
PEL provided technical assistance, research and data for both projects under the state’s Strategic Management Planning (STMP) program.
One key to success in Wheatland/Hermitage: PEL worked with Wheatland under STMP to improve its finances and increase its shared services with Hermitage in the years prior to the merger.
The city of Hermitage is among the eight case studies featured in PEL’s new report It’s Not 1965 Anymore: State Tax Laws Fail to Meet Municipal Revenue Needs.It’s Not 1965 Anymore was funded with the generous support of the Pennsylvania Municipal League.