Harrisburg receiver calls on Commonwealth Court in tax fight with city council

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 23, 2012 6:21 PM

(Harrisburg) -- A state appointee is asking a judge to force the cash-strapped city of Harrisburg to increase taxes, arguing it is necessary to help the city pay its bills.

Today's hearing before Commonwealth Court Judge Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter also included suggestions by a lawyer for Harrisburg's City Council that raising taxes isn't the best or only way to address the city's fiscal issues.

Governor Corbett's appointee who is managing the city's finances wants to double the city's one percent earned income tax as part of a recovery plan. City Council members are refusing to approve it.

The city is deep in debt over a costly renovation of its municipal trash incinerator, and it's facing a cash shortfall. Corbett signed a law last year that authorized the unprecedented state takeover of Harrisburg.

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