Harrisburg Debt Announcement Leaves Public Wanting More

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Dauphin County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Dauphin County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HARRISBURG – State officials generated a full house Wednesday morning with emails hinting at big news related to the city’s financial recovery.

And many the people boosting the typically sparse attendance – Harrisburg residents, reporters, elected and appointed officials – seemed underwhelmed by what they heard at the Municipal Financial Recovery Advisory Committee’s meeting in City Hall in Harrisburg.

Few numbers, no documents, scant detail – all of that is to come, likely by mid-August when debt resolutions deals are filed in court.

Instead, the point was to broadcast an attitude adjustment among stakeholders involved in negotiations to resolve more than $600 million in debt, state-appointed receiver William Lynch said.

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Harrisburg City Council Slams Receiver For Health Officer Exit

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Dauphin County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Dauphin County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HARRISBURG – The capital city’s restaurants might not be inspected during the next year because officials won’t spend $10,000.

That is, at least, the contention of some Harrisburg City Council members who blamed receiver William Lynch for losing a highly competent health officer to a better-paying post in a neighboring municipality.

Lynch was appointed to guide Harrisburg through the Act 47 recovery process brought on by the municipality’s $370 million debt and operating deficit.

For months, Lynch, his team, elected officials and city administration have presented a united front as they negotiate lower-cost deals with bondholders and city unions, as well as the sale of the incinerator and lease of public parking garages.

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