(3) Placed on the ballot by election officials in a manner fairly representing the content of the petition for decision by referendum at the election. "Merger." The combination of two or more municipalities which results in the termination of the existence of all but one of the municipalities to be merged with the surviving municipality absorbing and assuming jurisdiction over the municipalities which have been terminated. (2) Signed by voters comprising 5% of the persons voting for the office of Governor in the last gubernatorial general election in the municipality where the proposal will appear on the ballot. All five spend more than ,000 per person on municipal government services -- 50 percent more than the average for the state’s 513 nonresort communities, Caprio and Pfeiffer noted that the wealthiest suburbs and poorest cities have the highest cost of local government services, reflecting the willingness of affluent taxpayers to pay for a higher level of services and the greater need of poorer populations for more police protection and social services that are paid for primarily with state aid.
A panel selected by Secretary of State Rossana Rosado will pick the winning consortium and plan.
"Contiguous territory." A territory of which a portion abuts the boundary of another municipality, including territory separated from the exact boundary of another municipality by a street, road, railroad or highway or by a river or other natural or artificial stream of water. Consolidation or merger may be commenced by one of the following: 1994, Oct. (8) The governmental organization of the consolidated or merged municipality insofar as it concerns elected officers.
"Consolidation." The combination of two or more municipalities which results in the termination of the existence of each of the municipalities to be consolidated and the creation of a new municipality which assumes jurisdiction over all of the municipalities which have been terminated. Procedure for consolidation or merger Two or more municipalities may be consolidated or merged into a single municipality, whether within the same or different counties, if each of the municipalities is contiguous to at least one of the other consolidating or merging municipalities and if together the municipalities would form a consolidated or merged municipality. (iii) The assumption, assignment or disposition of existing liabilities of each municipality, either jointly, separately or in certain defined proportions, by separate rates of taxation within each of the constituent municipalities until consolidation or merger becomes effective pursuant to section 738 (relating to effectuation of consolidation or merger).
"Referendum." A vote seeking approval by a majority of electors voting on a question of consolidation or merger placed on the ballot by initiative or otherwise.
Short title of subchapter This subchapter shall be known and may be cited as the Municipal Consolidation or Merger Act. "Municipality." Every county other than a county of the first class, every city other than a city of the first or second class, and every borough, incorporated town, township and home rule municipality other than a home rule municipality which would otherwise be a city of the first or second class.