| Central Penn Business Journal
Is Unkovic dragging his feet?
Is it just me, or is it a little bit ironic that state lawmakers are just now expressing their frustrations over the pace of Harrisburg's financial solvency plan?
Over the past week, Sens. Ron Buxton and Jeffrey Piccola expressed frustration that the city's receiver, David Unkovic, waited too long to put on the market the city assets he plans to lease or sell.
Since former mayor Stephen Reed was in office, business people, county commissioners, some city councilors and this newspaper have been screaming for the city to sell or lease assets — namely the parking system and incinerator. That, my friends, is two-plus years.
That virtually nothing had happened until — finally — Piccola initiated a bill allowing state takeovers of Act 47 cities is a prime example of just how lax and disorganized Harrisburg has been. But it also shows a lack of immediacy on the legislative level as well.
Two years of foot-dragging, and now the haste?
Unkovic, who assembled a solvency plan in just two months — not two years — and put out the RFPs on Tuesday, said he didn't have enough complete information to warrant sending out the requests earlier.
Is that reasonable, or are Buxton's and Piccola's frustrations warranted?
Christopher Passante is the editor of the Central Penn Business Journal.