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RST: Harrisburg receiver Gen. William Lynch on city's recovery plan

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 3, 2013 2:28 PM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk, Wednesday, September 4, 2013:

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For the last few years, it almost seemed like an impossible task -- finding a solution to the city of Harrisburg's monumental financial problems.  The city's debts that reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars and structural budget shortfalls aren't eliminated yet, but a financial recovery plan submitted to Commonwealth Court last week by state-appointed receiver Gen. William Lynch may be the answer.

At least that's been the reaction to the complicated plan from most observers.

The proposal calls for leasing Harrisburg's parking garages, lots, and metered spaces and selling the city's troubled trash-burning incinerator to the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority.  Those are just the highlights of the multi-layered plan that has many moving parts that will have to fall into place.

Included is continuation of an earned income tax increase from one to two percent that was supposed to be in effect for just one year, and contract concessions by paid firefighters.

Appearing on the Wednesday's Radio Smart Talk is receiver Gen. William Lynch and attorney Steven Goldfield, the financial adviser to the receiver and one of the plan's chief architects.

Listen to the program:


Gen. William Lynch and Steven Goldfield

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-09-04 07:55

    Michele in Harrisburg emails:

    What is the status of the investigation(s) (federal, other-?) to identify culprits responsible (i.e. related to the incinerator bond, mayoral procurements, etc.) for the fiscal mess so legal ramifications for guilty parties can en-"sue" by us taxpayers and citizens of Harrisburg now left with the mess?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-09-04 08:11

    Steve posted to our Facebook page, suggesting the recovery plan is extorting the working class citizens of Harrisburg to bail out the leaders who created the financial mess.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-09-04 08:28

    Karen in Harrisburg emails this question:

    Why is there no parity between the tipping fees charged to Harrisburg City Residents and Dauphin County residents? $290 vs. $77 - $80 first 4 years
    Harrisburg City resident tax dollars will be supporting the $24 million guarantee of Dauphin County in the sale of the incinerator.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-09-04 08:44

    William emails:

    As part of determining the proper course of action, was the possibility of professional malfeasance investigated? The lifting of the requirement that Barlow needed to get a completion bond certainly seems to go against the Pennsylvania Contractors Bond Law and this would amount to professional malfeasance, for which that attorney making the decision possesses malpractice insurance and against which a claim could be made.