Borough of Fallston-Township of Patterson municipal merger initiative (May 2013)

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An initiative concerning the proposed Borough of Fallston-Township of Patterson municipal merger was on the ballot for the municipal primary held May 21, 2013. Both municipalities are located in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.

In order for the initiative to pass, the initiative required a simple majority of votes in both the Borough of Fallston and the Township of Patterson.[1]

The initiative was defeated:
Borough of Fallston:
YES: 25 (24.75%)
NO: 76 (75.25%) Defeatedd

Township of Patterson:
YES: 301 (61.18%)
NO: 191 (38.82%)

Background

The Borough of Fallston and the Township of Patterson executed a joint agreement on January 2, 2013, to place a merger question on the ballot.[2][3][1]

If the initiative had been successful, the Township of Patterson would have continued to exist as a township of the first class with its current form of government. However, the Borough of Fallston would have ceased to exist on January 6, 2014, and its territory would no longer have had a borough form of government, but would have been instead governed by the Township of Patterson. Any non-elected employees of the Borough of Fallston would have been furloughed as January 6, 2014. The existing three (3) election districts would have been retained in the merged municipality. The Patterson Township Volunteer Fire Company would have replaced the Fallston Borough Volunteer Fire Department within the merged municipality, and the merged municipality would not have participated in the New Brighton Recreation Commission.[1]

Text of measure

Text of the question:

Shall the Borough of Fallston be merged into the Township of Patterson, effective January 6, 2014?

Yes

No[1][4]

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