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Public hearing tonight on Bethlehem's 6.89 percent tax hike proposal

The town of Bethlehem is holding a public hearing tonight at Town Hall on its proposed 6.89 percent tax increase.

The proposed budget constitutes a 2.8 percent spending increase over this year's $37.63 million budget and an overall 6.89 percent tax rate increase for the town's combined general fund, highway department tax rate, and water and sewer district tax rates.

The proposed tax rate increase would result in a $17.45 increase per $100,000 of assessed value. Supervisor Jack Cunningham said the average home assessment in Bethlehem is $285,000.

The public hearing on the tax hike is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight at 445 Delaware Ave. in Delmar in town hall's main auditorium.

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