Thursday, July 25th, 2024
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   2024 Towanda Borough Budget


Public announcement for Towanda Borough Property owners:

General reminder that is that time of year again to keep properties mowed and trimmed. All property owners shall be responsible for the removal, cutting, or disposal and elimination of weeds, grasses and rank vegetation or other uncontrolled plant growth on their property, which, is in excess of 10 inches in height.

Towanda’s Borough Manager is also requesting Borough residents not to mow or rake their cut grass into the streets.  This practice, in addition to creating an eyesore, causes serious flooding problems by clogging drain inlets and pipes as well as causing weeds to grow in the street gutters.  These problems eventually cost money to Borough taxpayers. The Borough Manager is requesting persons who hire someone to mow their lawns to instruct them to take care that no grass clippings get into the street and, if they do, to please remove them.  The Manager also noted this practice is a violation of a Borough ordinance and fines can be assessed against the property owner although the Borough would rather not resort to this measure.

Please help keep our community beautiful. Thank you for your attention.


Early History

Founded by William Means, who settled on the site around 1786, Towanda was located on the wagon road which ran north to Tioga (later Athens) and on the North Branch of the Susquehanna River, which provided access to markets both downstream and upstream. Means himself was a boatman by trade; he soon added a distillery, tavern and ferry to his little empire. When Bradford County was organized in 1812, Means was influential in locating the county seat in Meansville, as the town was then known; court was held in his tavern until the courthouse was finished in 1816. By that year, several merchants were trading there, a tannery had been built, and a number of grist mills and sawmills were operating in the vicinity. By 1825, the population was 225.

The Borough of Towanda was incorporated in 1826.

Towanda Borough Today

Towanda Borough operates under a nine (9) member council form of government and has a Mayor who acts as a tiebreaker and oversees the Police Department.

The Borough provides for police protection, fire protection, zoning, road and bridge maintenance, water/sewage facilities, parks and recreation.

According to the 2000 US Census, Towanda Borough had a population of 3024.

Historic Sites:

French Azilum Historic Site  French exiles settled near here in 1793, building a country mansion as a potential refuge for Marie Antoinette. After her execution, most of the founders left the area.

Bradford County Historical Society Museum  In 1998, the Bradford County Commissioners voted to move to what was the old county jail. It is now located on Pine Street in Towanda, where it is now known as the Bradford County Historical Society and Museum. It was not until 2002 that the place would be open to the public for those wishing to use the place to look up information about family and history of the area.   (See other links)

 Office Hours:  7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

(Note: After 3:30 p.m. some services are limited, such as Building Permits; Rental Inspections; Code & Zoning Enforcement; and Parking Enforcement & Reserved Parking questions).

Office hours are subject to change without prior notice at the discretion of Management, inclement weather, employee events, or other circumstances. Full day holiday closings are posted in advance below.

2024 Holiday Closings:                        

Monday, January 1st - New Year's Day 2024
Monday, February 19th - President's Day
Friday, March 29th - Good Friday
Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day
Thursday, July 4th - Independence Day
Friday, July 5th - Day after Independence Day
Monday, September 2nd - Labor Day
Monday, October 14th - Columbus Day
Monday, November 11th - Veteran's Day
Thursday, November 28th - Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 29th - Day After Thanksgiving 
Wednesday, December 25th - Christmas Day


Please plan accordingly if you are making Water & Sewer Payments, Trash Sticker purchases, Building Permits, and any other Borough related business that is conducted in the Muncipal Building.  Water & Sewer Payments for Towanda Water & Sewer and Wysox Twp Water & Sewer can be made online - register your account  or use Guest Check-out at or we offer a secure 24-hr. drop-box in the door off of Means St.

Thank you!