The City of Harrisburg may not have a state-appointed Receiver much longer.
Nearly three years after Governor Corbett declared a fiscal emergency in Harrisburg, Department of Community and Economic Development spokesman Steve Kratz says they are asking Commonwealth Court to end the city’s receivership.
This story was first published by partner station WITF in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
He calls the application to vacate the receivership the next step in Harrisburg’s path toward fiscal stability.
“With the major financial transactions that just took place, Harrisburg has moved out of crisis mode and is now in a recovery mode,” he says, “and because the crisis no longer exists, the need for the receivership no longer exists.”
“They can move into more of a typical Act 47 recovery process.”
Harrisburg sold its trash incinerator and parking assets last month.
Kratz says DCED is also asking Commonwealth Court to appoint Act 47 expert Frederick Reddig as the Coordinator for continued implementation of the so-called Harrisburg Strong plan.
In a statement, Receiver William Lynch says the capital city is well on its way to full recovery.
He also lauds Reddig, who’s worked with the city since its initial Act 47 application in 2010.
Reddig currently serves as Acting Administrator for the Office of Receiver.