School district tries to tax churches

February 11, 2009 5:37:46 AM PST
At least two eastern Pennsylvania school districts scratching for revenue in tough economic times are seeking to add closed churches to the tax rolls. The Bethlehem Area School District says it should be able to collect property taxes from the Catholic Diocese of Allentown for four closed churches in south Bethlehem.

The district is facing a nearly $5 million deficit. Superintendent Joseph Lewis says the churches should no longer be tax-exempt since they are no longer houses of worship. Their assessed value of $928,700 would bring the district $40,045 in revenue.

Elsewhere in the Allentown Diocese, the Panther Valley School District seeks to tax seven closed churches in its area. Spokesman Matt Kerr says the diocese, which has closed nearly 50 churches in four of its five counties, is assessing its options.

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com

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