Sharon council voted unanimously Thursday to table a resolution applying for distressed status under the state’s Act 47.

Council member Jennifer Barborak moved to table the motion requesting the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development “make a determination of municipal financial distress” under the state law.

She suggested council hold off on voting until next week because the 2007 budget hasn’t been finalized.

Act 47 is the state program that helps municipalities avoid bankruptcy by allowing them to collect higher wage taxes and gives them preferential treatment for state grant funding.

Farrell was the first community in the state to receive assistance under the law and Greenville received the designation in 2002. Last year Pittsburgh became the largest city to enter the program and New Castle officials are seeking its assistance.

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