City's rejection of Pa. recovery plan is a first

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Posted: Jul 20, 2011 11:36 AM
City's rejection of Pa. recovery plan is a first

The city of Harrisburg's rejection of a state recovery plan is the first in the 24-year history of a Pennsylvania law designed to help financially distressed cities.

A spokesman for the Corbett administration said Wednesday that the law takes into account the potential for such a rejection and that the process continues to move forward.

The city council voted Tuesday night to reject the plan, 4-to-3. Before Harrisburg, more than two dozen Pennsylvania municipalities have entered the state's distressed city program.

Mayor Linda Thompson now has 14 days to write a recovery plan, but it must be approved by council and the Corbett administration or state aid can be cut off. The law doesn't specify a timeframe for council to consider the plan.