PA Third Class City Code

The State of Pennsylvania creates and regulates all Pennsylvania towns and cities.  The authority and power vested in the City of Harrisburg is derived from the state.  Harrisburg is a “Third Class City” and operates under the Third Class City Code.  The citizens of Harrisburg have chosen to organize the city government under the Optional Third Class City Charter Law – Mayor-Council Plan A.  This is often referred to as a strong mayor form of government.

The Optional Third Class City Charter Law – Mayor-Council Plan A states how the city will be governed and what authority is given to the different office holders.  If the Optional Law is silent on a specific issue then the Third Class City Code will be looked to as the authority, unless specific case law has settled the issue.

Provided below are two relevant references:

1.  Pennsylvania code references regarding the City Controller for both the Third Class City Code and Optional Third Class City Charter Law – Mayor-Council Plan A.

2.  The Optional Third Class City Charter Law – Mayor-Council Plan A in its entirety.

Article IV

Article XVII

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