As Harrisburg looks for assistance through Pennsylvania’s distressed communities program, the city also will seek a $7 million short-term loan to help meet payroll and other immediate costs.

Mayor Linda Thompson on Friday applied to enter Harrisburg into Act 47 under the state’s Municipalities Financial Recovery Act of 1987 because the city is unable to pay $282 million of outstanding incinerator debt. Thompson is also trying to close a $4.3 million budget deficit in the last three months of the fiscal year. The Harrisburg Authority issued the incinerator bonds, which the city guarantees.

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