BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

Bethlehem Area School District (BASD) faces a $16.9 million gap in the 2014-15 budget.

School officials do not yet know if there will be a tax increase, according to Dr. Joseph Roy, district superintendent, who said the district is only looking at a preliminary budget.

He explained the gap  is so large because of state-required pension increases and charter school costs.

He said the revenue numbers will be impacted by the state's budget.

Roy emphasized that BASD pays $10,00 to charter schools for every student that leaves BASD for a charter school. BASD does not lower it's expenditures by $10,000 though.

BASD will have a better feel for what actual revenue for next year will be in April.

As of right now, they haven't looked at whether there will be a tax increase.