Harrisburg, Dauphin County at odds over parking garage revenue

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A legal battle over parking garage revenue is brewing between Dauphin County and the City of Harrisburg.

Twenty percent of the revenue goes to the city, which also gets an annual payment; equivalent to $2.4 million so far this year. Once those payments and any debt are paid, the leftover money goes to what county leaders call a “waterfall” of different recipients.

The county claims Mayor Eric Papenfuse wants all of the money to go to the city, while the county and state want to reserve part of the revenue for $13 million in garage maintenance over the next 10 years.

“They are operating very well. They’re helping out with the city’s recovery,” Dauphin County Chief Clerk Chad Saylor said. “Millions of dollars are coming to the city every year because of these parking garages. The city’s entitled to that, but let’s keep some of those monies going to the maintenance.”

The county says it’s tried to set up a meeting with the mayor to discuss the issues without success.

“As rains continue, snow continue, cold, hot, freezing weather; all these take a toll, and you’ll see the damage that’s already occurring just get worse and worse and worse over time, and more and more of these garages will have to close down, which will mean even less and less revenue over time,” Saylor said.

City leaders did not immediately return calls for their side of the story.

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