On April 13, 2020 Gov. Tom Wolf issued a declaration of fiscal emergency for the city of Chester.
Under this declaration, the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) was charged with the tasks of developing and releasing an emergency action plan within 10 days. Declaring a fiscal emergency is an accelerated version of the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act (known as Act 47) process and if necessary, DCED could file a petition for the Commonwealth Court to appoint a receiver. The goal of this declaration is to ensure that Chester can maintain its operations now and regain financial footing after successful mitigation of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be accomplished through the development and implementation of the city’s emergency action plan.