"You're going to be out of money by 2015 and have to go into Act 47," said Robert Sabatini, of Keystone Municipal Services Inc.
Act 47 refers to The Financially Distressed Municipalities Act of 1987, which empowers the Pennsylvania Department of Community
and Economic Development to provide for restructuring the debt of municipalities it declares financially distressed municipalities, but it also limits the ability of those municipalities to obtain government funding.
, of Mechanicsburg, gave council members a shopping list of recommendations, taken from a 188-page report he
prepared for the city.
"Third-class city was on the cutting edge in the 1920s," Sabatini
Home rule charters have been allowed since 1968.
According to the Governor's Center for Local Government
, home rule has proven to be an effective tool for reorganizing local governments to increase effectiveness and citizen participation, and has enabled local initiatives in procedural and substantive matters.
said the Sunbury Police Department
will need additional staff within two years.
said, "a corporal is not just a patrolman with a thing on his
should shoulder more responsibility."
pointed out that city records that go back to the 1920s and earlier have no backup.
"PDF 'em," he
said, "and put them on a disk and into a safety deposit box.
Those minutes are your history."
also offered the following suggestions:
"(Advertising) space can subsidize these programs," Sabatini