Commonwealth Court Judge Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter has ordered Harrisburg receiver William Lynch to give the City Council $7,500 for legal fees in the Aug. 23 hearing he requested over the city's court-approved recovery plan.
Lynch went to the court over the council’s noncompliance with the plan — namely its failure to raise the earned income tax by 1 percent on city residents.
The hearing on the petition for a writ of mandamus will be 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 3002 in the Pennsylvania Judicial Center.
The council may use the funds only for legal fees associated with this hearing, the judge said. Payment will be made upon court approval after review of a detailed accounting of the fees requested.
Council President Wanda Williams last month sent a letter to Lynch requesting that up to $125,000 be released for legal representation. He denied the request.
The council hired city attorney Neil Grover, founder of taxpayer advocacy group Debt Watch Harrisburg. He stepped in after Mark Schwartz withdrew his appearance, saying the council failed to pay him for previous services.