Voluntary Municipal Disincorporation


The Institute of Politics Voluntary Municipal Disincorporation Task Force released its final report on May 11, 2017 at a press conference held by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

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Municipal governments are being asked to deal with more and increasingly complex challenges at a time when local revenue sources are stagnant or declining. As a result, municipalities are finding it more challenging to deliver basic services. What is needed is a new paradigm that brings greater resources, efficiencies, professional expertise, and government responsiveness to municipalities. One mechanism that would enable communities to meet these needs is disincorporation. Disincorporation is a process by which an incorporated municipality voluntary terminates and transfers its governance to the county in which it is located.

This report captures the efforts of the Voluntary Municipal Disincorporation Task Force, led by former Allegheny County Executives Dan Onorato and Jim Roddey, and provides a clear and concise roadmap for municipal disincorporation. It is the consensus of the committee that, given the challenges facing Allegheny County municipalities, it makes sense to expand eligibility for disincorporation to allow more communities, beyond those in Act 47, access to this potentially valuable tool.


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