Governor Ed Rendell and Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson have announced a way for the state to help with the city's cash flow problem.
At the State Capitol Sunday, Rendell announced he would send Harrisburg $4.3 million dollars to help the city pay some of its bills.
One million dollars of that money will go to fire protection. Rendell said some of the money, $2.6 million dollars from the pension assistance fund, was already in Harrisburg's budget.
That money will be used to cover the cost of a $3.3 million dollar bond payment due on September 15th.
"This is not a bailout," Rendell said. "This money is due the City of Harrisburg. We're just front loading it and expediting it."
Rendell also gave Harrisburg $850,000 to hire financial firm Scott Balice Strategies. Thompson said she expects Harrisburg to sign Balice to a contract Monday to start developing a financial plan.