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Shamokin from the top of South Market Street.

(Harrisburg) — In last week’s primary, voters in one midstate city said no to exploring a home rule charter as a way to exit Act 47, the state’s program for financially-distressed municipalities.

A home rule charter would have boosted local authority in Shamokin, allowing it to basically write its own constitution.

Now, it’s up to a state-appointed coordinator to create an Act 47 exit plan for the city.

It will need to be approved by state regulators and city council to be enacted.

City administrator Robert Slaby said he expects the options moving forward will include dramatically raising property or income taxes, laying off police, and a state takeover of day to day operations.

Slaby said the process should take a month or two.