Borough municipal government in Pennsylvania is overseen by a seven member Borough Council, elected for staggered terms of four years. The Council is responsible for all aspects of Borough activities. The Council serves as the Borough’s Legislative body, setting general policy, enacting ordinances (laws) for within the Borough, adopting the annual budget and levying the local tax rates needed to fund Borough services. By law, a municipality must budget funds to cover budget expenditures. An elected Mayor also serves a four year term and unless delegates otherwise oversees the general operations of the Borough’s police department. The Mayor can also veto a proposed ordinance; which is then subject to a two-thirds majority approval by Council. New Holland Borough Council members and the Mayor serve the Borough without pay.
Several volunteer Boards are also appointed by Council to assist in the development and delivery of Borough activities and services. For New Holland Borough these Boards include its Planning Commission, Water and Sewer Authority, Zoning Hearing Board and Civil Service Commission.
A Borough Manager hired by Council is responsible for the day to day activities of the Borough. New Holland’s Manager also serves as the Borough’s legal Secretary and Treasurer, and is the elected Tax Collector. For New Holland this position also serves as Zoning and Building Permit Officer, Planner and Recording Secretary for the numerous volunteer Boards. In general, the Manager directs and coordinates the work of the various departments, other than the police department; prepares a proposed budget, oversees and monitors the financial operations and implements the policies of the Council.