What Would You Improve in Bethlehem in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Bethlehem what would it be?


More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Bethlehem to make it an even better place to live?

What is on your Bethlehem wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below or blog about why you love living here!

Ruby Montana December 28, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Downtown. It's getting shabby around the edges ......
Patriot2 December 28, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Send the Sands packing back to Las Vegas!!
Frightwingslayer December 28, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Would love to see that happen.The question then would be,"Who'll then be making the 9 million dollar tax loss up ?" I wish the Sands had never come but now that they are here, we are getting over 9 million a year in fees from them...How do you propose to fill that hole once they leave..In fact, with the new entertainment tax, they might be paying over ten million dollars towards the budget next year..That is a significant portion of Bethlehem's budget..What then? Fifty percent of the money collected from slots goes to state and local governments...We should have never had to become dependent on that but now that we are, we're kinda stuck..Couldnt imagine what a ten million dollar increase in property tax rates could cost the average resident. Too much, I'd guess...
Cate Shea December 28, 2012 at 08:15 PM
You're both right, of course. I remember the days when that steel plant was humming away making an indispensible product, and the area residents were employed at work that made something, and for which they were paid a decent wage and benefits. Sad to see what has taken its place.
Patriot2 December 29, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I believe that $10 million shortfall would be approximately a 20% increase in property taxes which for the average property owner is only about $150/year. Worth the cost from my perspective. The building housing the casino itself would make for a great indoor mall to compete with the Crossings---great parking availability.


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