Hazleton Approved for Act 47 Loan

HAZLETON -- Hazleton is now a financially distressed city. Mayor Jeff Cusat filed for Act 47 last month, and the state will now help the city manage money.

"It means the state is going to bring in firms that will come in and evaluate the city's finances and the policies the city has and make recommendations on how we can improve ourselves," Cusat said.

Now the city will be eligible for a $850,000, no-interest loan from the state. The mayor said that money will go toward bettering the city.

"They'll get a more efficient police department, fire department, (department of public works) and city hall employees," Cusat said.

The Act 47 status will last five years but can be renewed once it ends for another three. Scranton is another city in our area that has been declared financially distressed. It has held that status for the last 25 years, which has included significant tax increases for citizens. Mayor Cusat said the loan will help the city make its budget for this year.

Scranton is another city in our area that has been declared financially distressed. It has held that status for the last 25 years, which has included significant tax increases for citizens. Mayor Cusat said the loan will help the city make its budget for this year.

Cusat said the loan will help the city make its budget for this year.

"It will benefit them in the long run. There may be a tax increase, or a fee if that's instituted, or an asset may be suggested to be sold off," Cusat said.

Many people who live in Hazleton are thankful for the loan.

"They don't really have the money to run the city, other than that, I don't know what to say," Dawn Gerlich of Hazleton said. "I just hope they work it out."

While others said they are worried this will end up costing them more money out of their own pockets.

"The government takes over the city's budget and hopefully it doesn't raise the taxes in the city," Paul Stulb of Berwick said.

15 comments

  • 🙄

    All of those politicians should take a big ole salary cut and live on minimum wage like most people. Then they could take all of that money that was their salaries and use that. Then they could see what it’s like living like everyone else and learn how to budget.

  • magicmikexxsm

    For centuries Hazleton was a great city, add 15 thousand Hispanics from where ever and look what happens to a city…Time and Time again this happens, you have a predominantly white city, African Americans and or Hispanics move in and BAM!!!! the city goes down the toilet…what does that tell you people…..

  • Bill

    Kick all the illegals and welfare ppl stop catering to those ppl .if they don’t pay or illegal it’s time to get the f out of the country.working ppl are tired of paying for u

  • Robert

    Are the individuals that contributed to becoming a distressed city, the same one’s that will be responsible for spending this 850K? Yikes! But, good news! The Department of Corrections claims their recidivism rate is down, so soon we’ll have a new wave of tax payers getting jobs and helping fund this fiasco. Great work guys!!

  • mike

    So now the state is giving interest free loans to irresponsible cities. 1st Harrisburg now Hazleton all the while being broke themselves. Bizzaro world .

  • Overtaxed employer

    How is the state coming up with $850,000 when they haven’t passed a budget that has tens of millions in shortfalls currently? If I ran my checkbook like this I’d be in JAIL

    • Kaminos

      The rainy day fund Lmao. Pa is much as a scam as an operating government entity as Psu is as operating university. Sickening!

  • BigTiff

    Its about time we get some food in schuylkill county from Hazleton. Come on SEDCO, work something out. I’m freaking starving here. I keep eating at the block parties, and I’m bigger than i ever have been, but i got an appetite for some good guacomole or maybe a pizza or 3 from that place up there

  • BARRIOS

    I am sure they will use the 850 k wisely. They might need there own army soon in Hazleton to fight latin gangs. I mean wasnt turkey hill robbed like 6 times this year already here.

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