The Pennsylvania Borough Handbook
Election to the governing body of any Pennsylvania municipality
great deal of power and responsibility. This power
granted by various laws
and codes vesting certain corporate and
specific powers in council. Corporate
powers legalize the action
the municipality and provide elected officials
on behalf of the municipality.
The Borough Code enables council to function in the best
of the borough.
Specific powers provide authority to
enact legislation covering governmental
such as health,
fire, police protection, and taxation. Specific
the borough are intended to provide council
with the capability
to legislate for the benefit of the municipality
& its citizens.
Council is empowered to make and adopt all ordinances,
rules & regulations
deemed necessary for the
and control of the borough in order
and protect the safety
and welfare of its citizens.
Borough Council is involved primarily in a legislative role.
They may also
act in an administrative, executive or
role to a lesser extent. The
legislative role is of primary importance because the actions taken by Council
in deciding the laws
the borough will affect not only the people within
but those outside the borders as well.