This article details allegations that there was some shady dealing involved in funding the National Civil War Museum’s parking lot. According to the article, $2.85 million was added to Harrisburg’s debt in 2000 to develop the museum’s parking lot. That money, however wound up in Mayor Reed’s special projects fund. It was apparently spent on some artifacts and a $400,000 payment directly to the museum. The Harrisburg Parking Authority also had to pay maintenance fees to the museum over eight years which totaled over $1 million. That made the deal worth about $4 million total.
Museum parking was originally envisioned at $5 per vehicle. The vehicle charge has never been implemented. Harrisburg’s financial recovery team terminated the deal in 2013.
There definitely seems to be something shady about the whole deal, but once again, the Attorney General’s office does not allege any improprieties in the purchase of the artifacts in the museum, and the museum is still the #1 tourist attraction in Harrisburg.