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Bethlehem Area School District tax increase lowest in 25 years

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Bethlehem Area School District will see its lowest tax increase in 25 years.

The district superintendent said the 1.24 percent increase is the district-wide average, but these changes will look different to residents in Lehigh and Northampton counties.

The Bethlehem School District is split between the two counties. Pennsylvania re-districting decisions will leave Northampton County residents with a 0.93 percent increase and Lehigh County residents with a 2.7 percent increase.

School District Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy said they are happy to have the lowest increase in years, but did have to cut eight positions and make budget reductions in other areas, including cuts to after-school and summer programs. But, he said the district is investing in other areas, including early literacy and high school engineering.

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