Nov. 08, 2019

HARRISBURG – Three bills introduced by Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) that aim to improve intergovernmental cooperation to save taxpayers money were signed into law.

House Bills 510, 511 and 512 will make it easier, faster and less costly for municipalities, municipal utilities and school districts to work together,” Schemel said. “This kind of cooperation on projects serves to save taxpayers money while encouraging local governments to work more closely together.”

The bills, which revise the intergovernmental cooperation statutes, will allow local government entities to make joint purchases, work cooperatively on projects such as road resurfacing and share resources without having first to pass individual ordinances, a process which may take one to two months and costs thousands of dollars. The result is a savings of both time and money, which means that everybody wins.

Schemel’s legislation would remove the requirement that a municipality enact an ordinance, permitting instead a municipal resolution providing for a simpler process regarding aid and cooperation between local governments.

“These bills were inspired by my discussions with Washington Township about some of the frustrations it experienced under the existing law, which effectively made it impossible to pool resources with neighboring municipalities,” Schemel said.

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Representative Paul Schemel
90th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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