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Old 06-20-2010, 05:38 PM
 
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Hello to all, My family and I are looking to relocate to the lehigh valley area. We are looking at Bethlehem and Emasus areas or something more rural. My question is we were just there to visit this weekend and talked to some locals about the area and the tax system struck me strange. If someone could set me straight about the sales and income taxes there I would appreciate it. We will be moving from SC to there so I want to make sure I do not jump in unknowing... also are the school districts as good in the rural areas as the suburban areas?
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Old 06-20-2010, 07:00 PM
 
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Sales tax in PA is 6% some thing are excluded, Philly & Pitsburg have Sales tax on top if it. There is a State Income tax, a local income tax, a school district income tax. Also property tax, and few othe junk taxes they toss on.

Most School disticts dont follow any Normal lines that you would see in SC ie County level. Often its a few town that make up 1 school district, Bigger cities may have there own school district. The school district is a Seperate Gov body with its own board, that runs the school and set tax rate for it.

School 'goodness' can vary from distict to distict and school to school
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Old 06-20-2010, 07:45 PM
 
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Our districts are quite small in Pennsylvania. The one I live in has one high school with about 1,000 students. If you look at the sticky post at the top there are some links to compare the districts. Emmaus, which is East Penn School district generally has better schools then Bethlehem. Okay, all of the area school districts with the exception of Allentown and Easton probably have better schools then Bethlehem.
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Old 06-21-2010, 08:26 AM
 
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Thanks for your input I will probably have more questions in the future, other than problems with drugs and violence I think any school there would be a improvement to what they call education here. We are ranked bottom of the barrell year after year!
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Old 06-21-2010, 08:50 AM
 
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The educational facilities areound here are for the most part pretty decent, outside of the city schools of course. East Penn (Emmaus) and Parkland are good districts, but have developed a reputation for being drug schools in recent years. This may have to do with them having more affluent kids going there.
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:32 AM
 
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Where are you moving from?
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:56 AM
 
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I think there are drugs and alcohol problems in all the schools, and yes, the drug of choice often just depends on the affluence of the families. I am very grateful that nerdy/geeky kids tend to shun that stuff.
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