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No municipal CRIZ awarded in Pennsylvania

Published On: Jan 06 2014 06:02:21 PM CST

A group of Lehigh County municipalities has lost out on a special tax designation, and they're not alone.

WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. -

A group of Lehigh County municipalities has lost out on a special tax designation, and they're not alone.

Last year, Whitehall Township and Coplay and Catasauqua boroughs applied jointly to be a pilot zone for the municipal City Revitalization and Improvement Zone, or CRIZ.

Now, state officials said no pilot zones will be awarded because the law outlining the CRIZ says a borough or township cannot form a contracting authority.

Bethlehem and Lancaster were recently awarded the CRIZ because cities are allowed to form those authorities.