Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse was joined by state Rep. Patty Kim and Congressman Scott Perry Monday in announcing a new campaign to fix up a dilapidated city government center.
"This is the people's building," Kim said. ""Let's keep it safe, clean and welcoming."
The City Hall Beautiful Fund is part of a non-profit, tax deductible foundation established to raise the money needed to repair leaks in the roof, replace tattered carpeting and, Papenfuse says, improve overall morale inside the building, specifically in the police department.
"When it comes to city hall and city facilities, I think it's a great idea," said Jeb Stuart, who was part of team who helped clean up city hall this Martin Luther King Day.
Stuart says he's glad the mayor is not using city funds to pay for these improvements.
"Taxpayer money needs to be spent on city services -- things that are crucial and necessary for the city," he said.
But others say with taxes already high and parking fees recently raised, they're not willing to foot the bill for this project as well.
"Everything is going up -- everything," city resident Patricia Bair said. "It's really hard."
Papenfuse said he sees the government center as a quintessential 'town hall,' and wants to make sure city employees and residents feel comfortable gathering there.
One immediate step he took after being sworn into office was to tear down the metal detectors at the entrance, and replace the city police officer who used to guard the door with a receptionist.