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Hellertown may join NIZ lawsuit

HELLERTOWN, Pa. - Another Northampton County municipality is considering joining the lawsuit that challenges the way the Allentown hockey arena is being funded.

At a meeting Monday night, Hellertown Council passed a motion to join the suit filed by Hanover and Bethlehem Townships in Northampton County.

The lawsuit centers around Allentown's Neighborhood Improvement Zone -- or NIZ.

Money generated in the NIZ will help fund the arena, but municipalities say money generated by their residents who work in the zone.. should go back to them.

The Hellertown Borough solicitor will now review the case, then make a final decision on whether or not to join the lawsuit.

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