Allegheny County, PA
 
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[HOME RULE CHARTER of ALLEGHENY COUNTY: Approved by the Voters of Allegheny County at the election held on May 19, 1998 Effective January 1, 2000]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Administrative Code — See Ch. 5.
HOME RULE CHARTER OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY PREAMBLE
We, the people of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, believe that:
A home rule government will transfer substantial authority over our County government from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the people of Allegheny County;
A home rule government that separates the legislative and executive functions previously vested solely in the Board of County Commissioners will provide checks and balances on the powers of government and protect the rights, privileges and powers reserved or guaranteed to the people by the Constitutions of the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
A home rule government will preserve the powers of our cities, boroughs, townships and home rule municipalities;
A home rule government that permits initiative and referendum will respond to the concerns of its citizens; A home rule government with a legislative County Council with Members elected by district and at large will represent the diversity of our County's citizens and provide better access to County government; A home rule government with an elected Chief Executive will foster leadership, vision and accountability;
A home rule government with an appointed professional Manager will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of County government operations;
A home rule government that holds its officers and employees to high standards of conduct and behavior will enhance public trust in County government;
A home rule government, as embodied in this Charter, will protect the taxpayers of Allegheny County by:
limiting taxing powers, preventing the use of the reassessment process to gain windfall real estate tax revenue increases and preventing a change in real estate tax rates except by a vote of at least two-thirds of the County Council: placing reasonable limits on the compensation, staff and expenses of the County Council and the Chief Executive; requiring that no budget appropriation in any given year is assumed automatically to continue into subsequent years; requiring that each County department, agency and function is subject to periodic sunset review, and assessing, to the extent permitted by law, the fair market value of real estate in accordance with accepted assessment standards and providing open access to all public information concerning real estate assessments, taxes and procedures;
A home rule government will enhance cooperation among governments, businesses, labor unions, educational institutions and other community and civic organizations in order to encourage the creation of family-sustaining jobs; and
A home rule government that provides the structure, accountability, leadership, representation, effectiveness and efficiency necessary to improve the delivery of County services will increase economic growth and development and foster a higher quality of life for all County residents.
Therefore, in accordance with the Constitution and laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, we adopt this Home Rule Charter of Allegheny County.
Article I PRESERVATION OF POWERS OF MUNICIPALITIES

§ 1.1-101 Generally.

Article II TAX LIMITATIONS

§ 1.2-201 Real estate tax rate limitations.

§ 1.2-202 Additional tax rate limitations.

§ 1.2-203 Real estate tax revenue limitations; anti-windfall provisions.

Article III FORM OF GOVERNMENT; ELECTED OFFICERS

§ 1.3-301 Form of government.

§ 1.3-302 Office abolished.

§ 1.3-303 Elected officers.

§ 1.3-304 Qualifications of elected officers.

§ 1.3-305 Election of officers.

§ 1.3-306 Requirements; prohibitions.

§ 1.3-307 Compensation, staff and expenses.

§ 1.3-308 Forfeiture of office.

§ 1.3-309 Vacancies.

Article IV LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

§ 1.4-401 Authority.

§ 1.4-402 Powers and duties of County Council.

§ 1.4-403 Non-interference with Executive Branch.

§ 1.4-404 Organization and rules of procedure.

§ 1.4-405 Adoption of ordinances, resolutions and motions.

§ 1.4-406 Administrative Code.

Article V EXECUTIVE BRANCH

§ 1.5-501 Authority and composition.

§ 1.5-502 Powers and duties of the Chief Executive.

§ 1.5-503 County Solicitor.

Article VI MANAGER

§ 1.6-601 Qualifications.

§ 1.6-602 Powers and duties of the Manager.

Article VII BUDGET AND FINANCE

§ 1.7-701 Fiscal year.

§ 1.7-702 Comprehensive fiscal plan.

§ 1.7-703 Public hearings.

§ 1.7-704 Adoption.

§ 1.7-705 Item veto.

§ 1.7-706 Limitations on county expenditures.

§ 1.7-707 Amendments after adoption.

§ 1.7-708 Lapse of appropriations.

§ 1.7-709 Transfer of appropriations.

§ 1.7-710 Annual financial report.

§ 1.7-711 Sunset review.

Article VIII COMPETITIVE PROCUREMENT

§ 1.8-801 Generally.

Article IX PERSONNEL

§ 1.9-901 Merit principles.

§ 1.9-902 Personnel system.

§ 1.9-903 Collective bargaining units.

§ 1.9-904 Civil service systems.

§ 1.9-905 Existing county employees.

Article X AUTHORITIES AND AGENCIES

§ 1.10-1001 General.

§ 1.10-1002 Authority boards.

§ 1.10-1003 Agencies.

§ 1.10-1004 Compensation.

§ 1.10-1005 Board of Property Assessment, Appeals and Review.

§ 1.10-1006 Board of Elections.

§ 1.10-1007 Retirement Board.

Article XI ACCOUNTABILITY, CONDUCT AND ETHICS

§ 1.11-1101 Code of Accountability, Conduct and Ethics.

§ 1.11-1102 Accountability, Conduct and Ethics Commission.

Article XII AGENDA INITIATIVE, VOTER REFERENDUM AND CHARTER AMENDMENT

§ 1.12-1201 Agenda initiative.

§ 1.12-1202 Voter referendum.

§ 1.12-1203 Amendment of the Charter.

Article XIII GENERAL PROVISIONS

§ 1.13-1301 Title.

§ 1.13-1302 Status, name and boundaries.

§ 1.13-1303 Grant of powers.

§ 1.13-1304 Construction.

§ 1.13-1305 County Government Review Commission.

§ 1.13-1306 Continuity.

§ 1.13-1307 Subpoena power.

§ 1.13-1308 Definitions.

Article XIV TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS

§ 1.14-1401 Effective date of Charter.

§ 1.14-1402 Initial County Council districts.

§ 1.14-1403 First election.

§ 1.14-1404 Preparation and adoption of Administrative Code.

§ 1.14-1405 Temporary ordinances and resolutions.

§ 1.14-1406 Salary Board.

§ 1.14-1407 Termination of Article.