LOWER PAXTON
LOWER PAXTON
LOWER PAXTON
Lower Paxton Township
425 Prince Street
Harrisburg, PA 17109
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(717) 657-5600

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(717) 657-5656

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(717) 657-5615

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(717) 657-5617

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(717) 657-5635

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(717) 724-8327

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Board of Supervisors

William C. Seeds | Robin Lindsey | William L. Hornung

Gary Crissman | William B. Hawk

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INTRODUCTION:

Lower Paxton Township is the 17th most populous municipality in Pennsylvania with a 2010 census count of 47,360 people.   Most of Pennsylvania's townships possess much smaller populations - usually less than 10,000 people.  Although individual townships may represent comparatively small municipal constituencies, townships as a whole are the most common forms of municipal government in Pennsylvania.  The 1,457 townships of the second class represent over half of the 2,566 municipal governments within the state.  Serving 35% of the state's population, townships generally encompass rural areas and provide fewer governmental services than other forms of municipal government.

FUNCTIONS OF MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT:

Townships like Lower Paxton are a specific form of local or municipal government defined by an act of the state legislature known as the Second Class Township Code.  There are other forms of local government in Pennsylvania, such as cities, boroughs, villages, and home rule municipalities.  There even exists one incorporated town, the Town of Bloomsburg, within our politically diverse commonwealth.  Further, some of these general municipal classifications are further defined within specific operating categories. For example, Pennsylvania possesses townships of both the first and second class, and several classifications of cities.

Through their respective operating codes, municipalities are given power to act for the good of society at large.  As a municipal government, townships have the ultimate responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare, which may include police and fire protection, emergency medical services, emergency management, highway maintenance and codes enforcement. Townships may also provide other services, such as parks and recreation, water and sewer service, and refuse collection, in the furtherance of their legislated responsibilities.

Municipal government is an important factor in maintaining a suitable quality of life within a community.  Townships can promulgate health and safety regulations to protect their citizens and often have a role in enforcing state health and safety regulations.  This may be accomplished through the removal of nuisances, control of noxious activities, regulation of building activities, control of development through zoning and subdivision ordinances, animal control, and other similar regulatory activities.  Furthermore, municipal government can influence the general appearance and desirability of a community.  This may be achieved through sponsorship or encouragement of local cultural or recreational activities, such as libraries, museums, parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, community centers, and senior citizen centers, as well as community based activities.

THE FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:

Three-member boards of supervisors govern Second Class Townships.  The term of office of a township supervisor is six years.  Responding to demands for additional representation in large townships, the state legislature authorized expansion of boards to five members, upon approval by the voters of the township through referendum. Lower Paxton Township has voted to increase its board to five members.  To qualify to serve as a township supervisor an individual must be a registered voter of and maintain residency within the township during the term of office.  Of course, these qualifications are germane to most other local, state, and federal elected offices.

The Second Class Township Code places the general supervision of the affairs of the township in the hands of the Board of Supervisors.  As such, supervisors are required to assume many of the roles found in separate branches or levels of state and federal governments.  Specifically, supervisors serve in legislative, executive, and administrative capacities.

The Board of Supervisors serves as the legislative body of the township, setting policy, enacting ordinances and resolutions, adopting budgets and levying taxes.  However, a supervisor's role as a legislator is not confined solely to matters of public policy.  As elected officials, supervisors represent the township and its concerns before other municipal governments, the state and federal governments, and private sector entities.

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David Blain Gary Crissman William Hornung William Seeds