West Hazleton receives state grant to continue receiving financial guidance

HARRISBURG, May 12 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery announced that West Hazleton has received a $35,000 state grant to help the borough, which exited the state’s program for financially distressed communities last year, obtain guidance to prepare its budget and to maintain financial stability.

"I want to thank West Hazleton officials for all the hard work they have done to turn around the borough’s finances and to exit the Act 47 program," said Mullery, D-Newport Township. "I’m sure this grant will help their ongoing efforts to deliver services as efficiently as possible."

The grant was awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Early Intervention Program. The program offers grants to municipalities to hire an independent financial consultant to prepare a financial plan and for management review.

Borough council last year voted to participate in the Early Intervention Program after it petitioned the state to exit the Act 47 program. West Hazleton was placed in the Act 47 program in March 2003.