In November of 2009 the City of Reading was accepted into the Distressed Cities Program (ACT 47). The program was designed to assist financially distressed communities access to financial planning & assistance. The city was assigned a financial coordinator in December, and a plan was released in May. As of Fall of 2010 the city is busy attempting to implement the parts of the plan to meet the 2011 budget process.
Below is a listing of ACT 47 related news stories from WFMZ 69 news. We feel they have the mosty accurate, unbisased news following the situation. The stories only stay active for a period of 1 year.
The Fire Department issues at hand:
WFMZ 69 News Stories
We will be following the City's of Pittsburgh & Scranton to see what may lie in-store for Reading & and it's public safety
Another citizen supported group has also begun a plan to attempt to guide Reading through their recovery plan. You can read more about them here