Harrisburg could have its receiver in place through most of 2015.
C. Alan Walker, the secretary of the state Department of Community and Economic Development, on Monday filed a two-year extension of the receivership to allow the office to continue implementing the Harrisburg Strong Plan.
"This extension will enable the receiver to continue his collaborative efforts with city officials, including Mayor-elect Eric Papenfuse, and all those involved in the process to implement the plan and ultimately, resolve the city's financial troubles," Walker said in a statement.
The period of two years is mandated by law and is not a reflection of how long the receiver anticipates his services will be needed, according to DCED.
Receiver William Lynch remains committed to getting the city out of receivership as soon as possible, spokesman Cory Angell said.
If approved by the Commonwealth Court, the extension would be through Dec. 1, 2015.
Angell said Lynch and his team are aiming for Dec. 16 to close on the deals involving the city's incinerator and the parking system.
"It's a pretty aggressive schedule," he said, and a significant step in moving the city forward.
Lynch is expected to sign remaining debt plan contracts and agreements that outgoing Controller Dan Miller has refused to address. That could happen today, Angell said.
"City Council and the mayor signed. He can't veto," Angell said of Miller. "His is an administrative signature."
Judge Bonnie Leadbetter gave Lynch the authority Friday.