Big increase in charter tuition blamed for Pa. district's budget crisis

Friday, April 25, 2014

Bethlehem Area School District is proposing a 4.9 percent tax increase, the highest the district can raise taxes for next school year.

The tax hike would raise the Northampton County rate to 50.99 mills and Lehigh County's to 15.77 mills. Though school directors don't want to raise taxes, most said they will support the increase because the district has already made substantial budget cuts.

"I hate my tax bill going up 5 percent," board President Michael Faccinetto said at Thursday's budget workshop. "It's not easy for me, it's not easy for anybody sitting behind this table, and it's certainly not easy for senior citizens. But we don't have a choice, in my opinion."

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