Judge delays order requiring Harrisburg tax hike

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 7, 2012 3:23 PM

(Harrisburg) -- A state judge who ordered the Harrisburg City Council to double the city's earned income tax has agreed to defer action — at least temporarily.

In an order issued yesterday and made public today, Commonwealth Court Judge Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter agreed to reconsider her August 27th order at the request of the city, the city council and the city's state-appointed financial custodian.

Leadbetter postponed any action until after oral arguments on the reconsideration motion on October 4th. She said all three parties indicated in a teleconference that they wanted to try again to forge an agreement on how to repair the city's finances.

Harrisburg was placed in receivership by the Legislature and Governor Corbett in March due to problems driven mainly by disastrous financing involving its trash incinerator.

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