The newly appointed state receiver for Harrisburg, David Unkovic has been given an extension by Commonwealth Court to develop a plan to bring Harrisburg back from the brink of financial ruin. The Harrisburg Authority’s failed retrofit of the city’s incinerator plunged the state capital $317 million dollars in debt.
Harrisburg entered Act 47 as a first step to recovery. The Harrisburg City Council and Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson have been at odds with the Act 47 team and each other. Failure to follow the Act 47 team’s suggestions or come up with their own plan, the Governor of Pennsylvania appointed a receiver to take control of the city’s finances and come up with a plan to untangle Harrisburg from the incinerator debt.
The deadline has been extended from January 2nd until February 6th. We applaud the wisdom of this decision. Allowing sufficient time for the receiver to formulate the best possible plan is a “no-brainer”. Harrisburg didn’t get into this situation over night and rushing to get out could make things worse.