Luzerne County‘s three financially distressed municipalities are on track to shed their dubious distinction.
Nanticoke City, Plymouth Township and West Hazleton Borough have all been making financial improvements and could emerge from their state-designated Act 47 status this year or next.
“I don’t see any reason for us not to get out this year,” Nanticoke Mayor Joseph Dougherty said. “We’re in better shape than we have been in decades, and our audits prove that.”
The state Department of Community and Economic Development makes the decision whether or not to grant distressed status. West Hazleton was declared Act 47 in November 2003, Plymouth Township in July 2004 and Nanticoke in May 2006.