State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and six central Pennsylvania mayors will discuss local finances in an Oct. 27 roundtable discussion in Harrisburg.
The civic group Harrisburg Hope will host the 6 p.m. event at Harrisburg Area Community College. Group founder Alan Kennedy-Shaffer said the program will highlight challenges and solutions for Pennsylvania cities and boroughs, including sustainability, public safety, taxes and regionalization.
The mayors are Rick Gray, of Lancaster; Tim Scott of Carlisle; Larissa York of Lemoyne; Maureen Starner of Mount Wolf; John Hoerner of Highspire; and Kenneth Cramer of Penbrook.
Pennsylvania over the past three months received general-obligation bond-rating downgrades from Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings to Aa3 and AA-minus, respectively. Both rating agencies cited the state's estimated $50 billion unfunded pension liability.
Gov. Tom Corbett, in calling for pension overhaul, cited the pension obligation burden on local property taxes.