- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

CLAIRTON, Pa. (AP) - A southwestern Pennsylvania city that spent nearly 28 years in a state program for financially distressed municipalities is finally leaving it.

State officials said Tuesday that Clairton’s budget picture has stabilized and that it now has the ability to pay its vendors and creditors and provide services to city residents. Clairton asked to leave the state program in September, citing increasing tax revenue and an influx of cash from the sale of its sewer system.

The state designated Clairton as distressed in January 1988 amid recurring budget deficits, an erosion of the city’s tax base and a reduction in municipal services. The city had also missed payroll.

The Act 47 program is designed to help municipalities under severe fiscal distress. Only a handful of communities have managed to leave the program.

Clairton, population 6,700, is about 15 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

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