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Harrisburg receivership ending Saturday

By - Last modified: February 26, 2014 at 9:29 AM

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William Lynch served as Harrisburg's last receiver.
William Lynch served as Harrisburg's last receiver. - (Photo / File)

The fiscal emergency has passed in Harrisburg, and there is no longer a need for state receivership, according to Commonwealth Court.

More than a month after the state Department of Economic Development petitioned the court to vacate the post held by William Lynch since May 2012, Judge Bonnie B. Leadbetter agreed Tuesday.

The judge issued an order that will end the receivership Saturday.

“Critical components of the receiver’s ‘Harrisburg Strong Plan,’ namely the successful closing and funding of the monetizations of the city’s incinerator and parking system, have been completed and the statutory criteria for the existence of a fiscal emergency have been abated,” the judge wrote in her order.

Gov. Tom Corbett will join city and Dauphin County officials, as well as Lynch, at a news conference this afternoon to further discuss the end of the office.

“This is a development of monumental importance for the people of Harrisburg and for the city’s future,” Mayor Eric Papenfuse said in a statement.

Harrisburg was put in receivership on Dec. 2, 2011. Municipal finance expert David Unkovic was the first at the helm of the office before resigning.

DCED’s Fred Reddig will now serve as coordinator to oversee the continued implementation of the recovery plan. Reddig is special assistant for Act 47 and local government affairs.

“The receiver is no longer vital and necessary to successful implementation of the remaining components of the Strong Plan in the absence of a fiscal emergency,” the judge said.

Click here to read Judge Leadbetter's order.

Jason Scott

Jason Scott

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