Bloomberg Law
Nov. 10, 2022, 8:28 PM

City of Chester, Pennsylvania, Files For Chapter 9 Bankruptcy

Hadriana Lowenkron
Hadriana Lowenkron

Chester, Pennsylvania, a city just outside of Philadelphia, filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Court.

  • The petition filed Thursday by Michael Doweary, who was appointed receiver of the city in 2020, listed estimated liabilities of as much as $500 million
  • Chester is seeking to close its projected $46.5 million deficit driven by retirement obligations
  • The city owes $53.9 million in pension contributions, enough to consume 88% of its budget, according to documents obtained by the receiver’s office

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