Township is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania. In our commonwealth, first class townships were
created as a special category in 1899.
The legislative intent was to allow townships with relatively
dense residential development additional powers to provide municipal
services such as water, sewer and police forces to these areas.
Over the years first class townships received additional powers
and in 1937 gained substantial protection from annexation by neighboring
cities and boroughs through approval of the voters of the entire
township in a referendum.