First Class Township Code Legislation

Act 23 of 2017 – House Bill 422 (PN 1058)

Signed: July 20, 2017 Effective: 60 Days

Act 23 amends the First Class Township Code providing an additional eligibility requirement for elective office and updating the Code regarding vacancies in office.

The Act amends Section 501 to provide that prior to being sworn in, each elected officer or officer appointed to fill a vacancy shall furnish a signed affidavit to the township secretary stating that he or she has continuously resided in the township (or ward) for at least one year. The individual must also comply with any bonding requirements and take the oath of office. If there is a failure to give bond, to take the required oath or to provide the affidavit, a vacancy is created.

The Act also updates Section 530 providing that if a vacancy occurs in elective office, the Board has 30 days to appoint a registered elector of the township (or ward) to fill the vacancy. If the Board is unable to fill the vacancy within 30 days, the Vacancy Board will have 15 additional days to make the appointment. New language is also added concerning vacancies in office by resignation. A vacancy by resignation shall not occur until accepted by a majority vote of the Board of Commissioners. A Board may accept a resignation no later than 45 days after it is tendered. A resignation not accepted after 45 days is deemed accepted.

Act 136 of 2018 – Senate Bill 772 (PN 970)

Signed: October 24, 2018 Effective: 60 Days

Act 136 of 2018 amends the First Class Township Code providing for concise publication in a newspaper of general circulation, the required annual financial reporting information approved by municipal auditors. The information published must be consistent with the audited statements for a municipality’s total assets, total liabilities and total net position at the end of the fiscal year; as well as total revenue, total expenses and changes in total net position for that fiscal year.

Act 141 of 2018 – Senate Bill 802 (PN 1013)

Signed: October 24, 2018 Effective: 60 Days

Act 141 amends the First Class Township Code allowing local governments to purchase used equipment, articles, apparatus, appliances, vehicles and parts of vehicles or any other personal property from a volunteer fire company, volunteer ambulance service or volunteer rescue squad without utilizing the bidding process as currently required by the law.

Act 151 of 2018 – Senate Bill 948 (PN 1331)

Signed: October 24, 2018 Effective: 60 Days

Act 151 amends the First Class Township Code increasing the dollar threshold for the sale of municipal property without the need to publicly advertise for bids, from $1,000 to $2,000.