HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Harrisburg’s former mayor blamed initially low cost estimates for incinerator-financing debt that ballooned into a $340 million fiasco and fiscal crisis in Pennsylvania’s capital city.

“The original cost estimate is the genesis of all of this,” said Stephen Reed, the city’s chief executive from 1982 to 2010 when the incinerator was planned and built. He spoke Thursday before a state Senate local government committee during a hearing on financing overruns to the trash-burner-to-energy project.

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