"An Act relating to consolidating or abolishing certain road service areas in certain second class boroughs; and providing for an effective date. "
When the legislature established the state revenue sharing program residents of many subdivisions outside of the city limits that had no maintenance income for their area roads were able to rely solely on revenue sharing money. People formed local service area road commissions and collected revenue sharing money based on the mileage of their service area.
With the termination of the revenue sharing program, many service areas do not have funding for road maintenance and the road commissions are now nonfunctional. As time goes on, the roads that were built under the revenue sharing program are deteriorating. The boroughs are concerned about their liability for the roads even though they have no road powers. There are no funds to maintain the roads, therefore the roads receive no service resulting in safety hazards for all who use them. In addition, the boroughs cannot dissolve the service areas without a vote of the residents.
HB 121 is designed to enable the borough to consolidate or dissolve the service areas that are nonfunctional or are functioning below minimum standards. Consolidation or dissolution will come about by decision of the governing body of the borough after adhering to well defined procedures and a hearing process. Further, HB 121 protects those service areas that are taxing themselves adequately enough to maintain the safety of their own roads. I strongly urge your support of this important piece of legislation.