The Bucks County Association of Township Officials was created in 1907 in accordance with Section 1401 of the Second Class Township Code and is comprised of 30 second-class townships and its supervisors, managers, tax collectors and auditors.
Section 1401. County Associations.
A. County associations of township officials may be formed. County associations shall hold annual or semi-annual conventions at places determined by the association to consider and discuss questions and subjects pertaining to improvement of township government, assessment of property, collection of taxes and construction, improvement and maintenance of roads. Associations of two or more adjacent counties may arrange to meet in joint sessions.
B. The supervisors, auditors, tax collectors, managers, solicitors, engineers, treasurer and secretary of the board of supervisors shall attend the conventions when possible.
1. Each supervisor, auditor, tax collector, manager, solicitor, engineer, treasurer and secretary attending the convention shall receive a certificate, signed by the secretary of the county association, attesting their presence at the convention. The certificate entitles the official to collect from the township treasurer the sum of fifty dollars ($50) for each day's attendance, expenses which are limited to the registration fee, mileage for use of a personal vehicle or reimbursement of actual transportation expense going to and returning from the meeting plus all other actual expenses that the board of supervisors agrees to pay. Every delegate attending the meeting shall submit to the board of supervisors an itemized account of expenses incurred at the meeting.
2. If the meeting is held during township employes' normal work schedule, the board of supervisors may authorize township employes, including supervisors employed by the township, to be compensated at their regular employe rate during their attendance at the meeting, in which case the employe is not entitled to the fifty dollars ($50) mentioned in this section.
3. The board of supervisors may authorize a supervisor who is not employed by the township to receive total or partial reimbursement for lost wages or salary while attending the annual meeting, in which case the supervisor is not entitled to the fifty dollars ($50) mentioned in this section, provided that sufficient documentation of such wages or salary is presented to the board of supervisors to justify the reimbursement.
4. No supervisor, auditor, tax collector, manager, solicitor, engineer, treasurer or secretary shall be paid for more than two days' attendance in any one year.
1. The officers of the association shall consist of a president, one or two vice-presidents, a secretary and a treasurer, all of whom, except the secretary, shall be members of the association and shall hold office for one year or until their successors are chosen. The secretary of the association may be compensated for services an amount determined by the members of the association. Every supervisor, tax collector, manager, secretary, treasurer and auditor attending the convention may vote on policy matters and in the election of officers of the association.
2. If a meeting of the officers and members of the executive board of the county association is held during the township employes’ normal work schedule, the board of supervisors may authorize a supervisor who is employed by the township to be compensated at the supervisor’s regular employe rate and a supervisor who is not employed by the township to receive total or partial reimbursement for lost wages or salary during the supervisor’s attendance at the meeting, for up to six days total in a year. A supervisor may not be compensated by the township under this subsection if the supervisor receives any other compensation from the county association for attending the meeting.
E. Expenses of each county association convention shall be paid from dues assessed by the association on each member township or from other funds as the members of the county association determine.
F. Each county association of township officials may elect one township supervisor, township manager, township treasurer or township secretary for each ten townships, or fraction thereof, within the county, as a voting delegate to each annual meeting of the State association, but each county association is entitled to a minimum of two delegates at each meeting. These delegates' expenses may be paid by the respective county association. (1401 amended by Act 101 and 166 of 2006)