Lehigh Valley School Districts Seek To Tax Closed Churches

02.11.09 | FL News Team

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.

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.