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Public hearing set for proposed Bethlehem amusement tax

By Laura Shingles, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Jan 02 2013 08:21:44 PM CST
Bethlehem City Council
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

The Bethlehem City Council gave Mayor John Callahan’s proposed amusement tax a first read at Wednesday’s meeting.

With no comment from the public and little from council, the ordinance was unanimously advanced to a second reading, which is scheduled for Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

If passed, the ordinance will levy a 5 percent tax on tickets to live events and amusement parks in Bethlehem.

The tax cannot amount to more than $1.50 per ticket, and does not apply to tickets costing less than $10 or tickets to venues with 200 seats or fewer.

If the ordinance passes on the 15th, it will go into effect in February. Money raised from its enactment will be used to keep property taxes down, officials have said.