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Who are the Tax Hikers (Northampton County)?

Many school board elections are decided in the primary cycle since most candidates can “cross-file” which means they can enter the race as both a Democrat and a Republican candidate.  The logic is that school board directors are supposed to be non-partisan.

However, party identification is not the real issue.  The real issue is to identify who are the “Tax-Hikers” in your school district?  Normally, many think Tax-Hikers are only Democrats while Republicans fight proposed tax increases.  The sad reality is that Tax-Hikers exist in both political parties in our school districts.

The list shows all the school directors in Lehigh County and how they voted for the last two budgets.  Blue means the Director has been pro-taxpayer while Red means that cast an anti-taxpayer vote.  We also show the percentage increase in Red or not tax increases in blue.  In fact, in one case, there was actually a major tax decrease due to the reassessment in Lehigh County.

All school board members are listed and some might be running in this Tuesday’s (May 19th) primary.  Nor do we identify the actual party membership since our goal is merely to provide information about who is raising your school property taxes.

The list is in on our documents page.

Download of pdf here.

 

 

Who are the Tax-Hikers (Lehigh County)?

Many school board elections are decided in the primary cycle since most candidates can “cross-file” which means they can enter the race as both a Democrat and a Republican candidate.  The logic is that school board directors are supposed to be non-partisan.

However, party identification is not the real issue.  The real issue is to identify who are the “Tax-Hikers” in your school district?  Normally, many think Tax-Hikers are only Democrats while Republicans fight proposed tax increases.  The sad reality is that Tax-Hikers exist in both political parties in our school districts.

The list shows all the school directors in Lehigh County and how they voted for the last two budgets.  Blue means the Director has been pro-taxpayer while Red means that cast an anti-taxpayer vote.  We also show the percentage increase in Red or not tax increases in blue.  In fact, in one case, there was actually a major tax decrease due to the reassessment in Lehigh County.

All school board members are listed and some might be running in this Tuesday’s (May 19th) primary.  Nor do we identify the actual party membership since our goal is merely to provide information about who is raising your school property taxes.

The list is in on our documents page.

Download a pdf file here.

 

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