Members of the Harrisburg City Council want to give the people who live in the Capitol City the chance to hear about the topics that are included in the city’s debt plan.
On City Council’s agenda tonight were a number of ordinances and resolutions relating to the debt plan. Including the ordinance to change Harrisburg City Police pensions, and extending the earned income tax at 2% through 2017.
There were also a number of resolutions that were on the agenda including the authorization of a $1.62 million federal grant application that would allow for the hiring of ten new firefighters for two years. Instead of taking a vote city council swiftly moved through the line items to hold off for a series of meetings that will start next week.
“ They`re doing what they were elected to do which is to represent the citizens of Harrisburg and they have the right to hear about the plan. Very few will read the hundred page plan and they can hear what`s coming and they`ll hear from their elected officials and can decide for themselves if they are happy or unhappy with the details,” says Neil Grover, Harrisburg City Council Spokesman
A hearing was scheduled in Commonwealth Court for September 19th. Council is hoping to have all of the meetings done by that date. They don’t believe it will hold up the hearing. The exact days and times haven’t been announced yet, council hopes to have that information out to the public in the next few days.