Harrisburg, Pa., Financial Receiver Walks Out

Monday, 02 Apr 2012 08:08 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is looking for someone to oversee the state capital of Harrisburg’s financial restoration after the attorney he appointed to the post unexpectedly resigned, according to the Patriot-News
 
Corbett spokesman Kevin Harley called David Unkovic’s resignation “unexpected and unfortunate.” Harley told the newspaper he didn’t know why Unkovic quit his job, but said the governor would replace him as quickly as possible.
 
The Patriot-News, however, reported that there had been tension between Unkovic and city officials. Just last week, Unkovic said the capital’s financial crisis was the result of years of schemes, scams and corruption, and suggested that state and federal prosecutors should investigate. 
 
He also complained city leaders were not being cooperative in efforts to restore the city’s financial stability.
 
The state took over Harrisburg’s finances when city leaders filed for bankruptcy protection last October following their failure to pay debts on an unprofitable trash-to-energy incinerator conversion project. According to its bankruptcy filing, Harrisburg needs $310 million to settle its debt on the project.
 
Unkovic was just appointed last December. His plans to restore city finances, unveiled in February, included selling the incinerator and increasing taxes.

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