The new Harrisburg, Pa., City Council has time to prepare a defense in its fight with the state-appointed receiver over the tripling of the earned-income tax.

Neil Grover, the attorney for the taxpayer group Harrisburg Debt Watch, has agreed to represent the seven-member council, which approved him unanimously on Monday night. Grover succeeds Mark Schwartz, a Bryn Mawr, Pa., solo practitioner who resigned last week, saying the city never paid him.

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