Trooper Moochers: Big Towns That Rely On State Police Still Get Off Easy

Don’t shed any tears for the sizable towns in Pennsylvania that are going to lose the revenue from traffic tickets written on their roads by state police. They still get to keep a more lucrative freebie, the use of state troopers instead of locally funded officers to handle all their law enforcement.

It’s nothing short of cop welfare — a local expense covered by state taxpayers for towns that, relatively speaking, aren’t even needy.

The loss of the ticket money is due to the enactment of Senate Bill 237, which will take effect Sept. 3 in municipalities with 3,000 or more people that have no local police force. Among the towns that will be affected are Hempfield (population 42,000), Unity (24,000), Derry Township (15,000) and Mt. Pleasant (11,000) in Westmoreland County; White (16,000) in Indiana County; North Union (12,700) in Fayette County and Somerset Township (12,000) in Somerset County.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/editorials/trooper-moochers-big-towns-that-rely-on-state-police-still-get-off-easy-645772/#ixzz21Sgah8jz

Mount Penn Borough and Lower Alsace Township Agree To Merger Study

Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United Stat...

Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States with township and municipal boundaries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After much discussion and two joint meetings, Mount Penn Borough Council and the Lower Alsace supervisors agreed Monday to move forward with a study of the pros and cons of merging or consolidating the municipalities.

Council then voted to approve a $22,500 contract with the Pennsylvania Economy League for the study. Lower Alsace had approved the contract in May after the first joint municipality meeting, contingent on Mount Penn’s involvement.

Councilman Thomas Smith said the study would provide the information needed to help supervisors and council decide whether merging or consolidating would be beneficial to both municipalities and their residents.

Read more: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=399499

Top 100 Pennsylvania Municipalities 2010 Census

Top 100 Pennsylvania Municipalities 2010 Census

Results include cities, boroughs, townships and municipalities.  Townships have codes beside them to indicate what major city they are near PHL (Philadelphia) HBG (Harrisburg) LANC (Lancaster) RDG (Reading) PGH (PIttsburgh) ABE (Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton).

TOP 100 PA Municipalities (out of 2,574)      Population 2010  Rank
Philadelphia city 1,526,006     1
Pittsburgh city 305,704     2
Allentown city 118,032     3
Erie city 101,786     4
Reading city 88,082     5
Upper Darby township (PHL) 82,795     6
Scranton city 76,089     7
Bethlehem city 74,982     8
Bensalem township (PHL) 60,427     9
Lancaster city 59,322    10
Lower Merion township (PHL) 57,825    11
Abington township (PHL) 55,310    12
Bristol township (PHL) 54,582    13
Millcreek township (Erie) 53,515    14
Harrisburg city 49,528    15
Haverford township (PHL) 48,491    16
Lower Paxton township (HBG) 47,360    17
Altoona city 46,320    18
Middletown township (PHL) 45,436    19
York city 43,718    20
Hempfield township (PGH) 43,241    21
Penn Hills township (PGH) 42,329    22
State College borough 42,034    23
Wilkes-Barre city 41,498    24
Northampton township (PHL) 39,726    25
Manheim township (LANC) 38,133    26
Cheltenham township (PHL) 36,793    27
Norristown borough 34,324    28
Falls township (PHL) 34,300    29
Chester city 33,972    30
Mount Lebanon township (PGH) 33,137    31
Warminster township (PHL) 32,682    32
Lower Makefield township (PHL) 32,559    33
Bethel Park municipality (PGH) 32,313    34
Radnor township (PHL) 31,531    35
Ross township (PGH) 31,105    36
Ridley township (PHL) 30,768    37
Lower Macungie township (ABE) 30,633    38
North Huntingdon township (PGH) 30,609    39
Williamsport city 29,381    40
Tredyffrin township (PHL) 29,332    41
Shaler township (PGH) 28,757    42
McCandless township (PGH) 28,457    43
Upper Merion township (PHL) 28,395    44
Monroeville municipality (PGH) 28,386    45
Cranberry township (PGH) 28,098    46
Hampden township (HBG) 28,044    47
York township (YORK) 27,793    48
Plum borough (PGH) 27,126    49
Spring township (RDG) 27,119    50
Easton city 26,800    51
Whitehall township (ABE) 26,738    52
Springettsbury township (YORK) 26,668    53
Horsham township (PHL) 26,147    54
Upper Dublin township (PHL) 25,569    55
Exeter township (RDG) 25,550    56
Lebanon city 25,477    57
Lower Providence township (PHL) 25,436    58
Hazleton city 25,340    59
Montgomery township (PHL) 24,790    60
Derry township (HBG) 24,679    61
Springfield township (PHL) 24,211    62
Moon township (PGH) 24,185    63
Susquehanna township (HBG) 24,036    64
Upper Moreland township (PHL) 24,015    65
Bethlehem township (ABE) 23,730    66
East Hempfield township (LANC) 23,522    67
Marple township (PHL) 23,428    68
Warrington township (PHL) 23,418    69
Swatara township (HBG) 23,362    70
New Castle city (PGH) 23,273    71
Unity township (PGH) 22,607    72
Pottstown borough 22,377    73
West Goshen township (PHL) 21,866    74
Upper Providence township (PHL) 21,219    75
Peters township (PGH) 21,213    76
Dover township (YORK) 21,078    77
Johnstown city 20,978    78
Palmer township (ABE) 20,691    79
Coolbaugh township (WB/S) 20,564    80
West Mifflin borough (PGH) 20,313    81
Chambersburg borough 20,268    82
East Pennsboro township (HBG) 20,228    83
Murrysville municipality (PGH) 20,079    84
Buckingham township (PHL) 20,075    85
Upper Macungie township (ABE) 20,063    86
Penn township (PGH) 20,005    87
Baldwin borough (PGH) 19,767    88
McKeesport city (PGH) 19,731    89
Muhlenberg township (RDG) 19,628    90
Manor township (LANC) 19,612    91
Springfield township (PHL) 19,418    92
Newtown township (PHL) 19,299    93
Upper St. Clair township (PGH) 19,229    94
Stroud township (Stroudsburg) 19,213    95
South Whitehall township (ABE) 19,180    96
Lower Southampton township (PHL) 18,909    97
West Manchester township (YORK) 18,894    98
Whitpain township (PHL) 18,875    99
Carlisle borough                                  18,682