2012-02-09 / Local & State

Harrisburg Bankruptcy Appeal Came Too Late

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Harrisburg’s City Council has failed in its latest bid to declare bankruptcy on behalf of Pennsylvania’s debtchoked capital.

A federal judge on Wednesday denied the council’s appeal of an earlier decision that found it was legally barred from filing for municipal bankruptcy and lacked the authority to do so in any case.

Federal Judge Sylvia Rambo said the council was three days late filing its appeal following a bankruptcy judge’s ruling in November.

The council had filed for bankruptcy protection amid a dispute with the mayor and state officials over plans to restore the city to financial solvency. The state appointed a special custodian to oversee the city’s troubled finances in December.

Harrisburg is struggling with $300 million in debt tied to a trash incinerator project.

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