How would I begin researching to discover if the borough that I live in (in the state of PA) can force me to participate in its residential garbage collection?
I only fill up one bag every 6 weeks or so. I don't generate a lot of garbage, I live alone and I'm not a squanderer, etc; that's just how it is. So I pay a private hauler per bag as needed. Because my borough needs money, they now intend to force every household to pay its yearly garbage pickup fee. It seems to me to be in effect a tax that is being applied unevenly. Participation was previously optional. That means I would be paying 12 ties the amount per bag that's paid by those who put out two bags every week. (Yes, in case anyone is wondering, this comes on top of other unfair apportionments of fees and taxes where I live, especially by the county. I'm getting fed up with it.)
To forestall replies of 'this is petty', I'll add that there are also a lot of little old ladies in this town who do the same as I - in fact, I originally learned about the private hauler from one of them.
So, how could I find out if the municipal entity known as a 'borough' in the state of PA does indeed have the power to force residents to pay for garbage collection service? I assume that the state has the power to mandate that, but just maybe the borough does not. I am aware that some powers are explicitly reserved to this state (controlling firearms, e.g.) and some limits are explicitly set upon boroughs (e.g., maximum income tax rates or maximum yearly increases in property taxes).
If they need more in taxes, then let them raise taxes on everyone instead of this backdoor approach -- making me pay 12x per bag is not being equal. Yes, I know that an argument can be made that every household pays the same fee and it's up to me to use it or not, but the question is: do they have the power or not?
[I did look for the most appropriate forum to post in and this seems the closest match.)