Paying Off Debt

Will Auburn-side taxpayers have to pay off that higher Lewiston side debt?

No. Auburn side taxpayer will have rates set so that only Auburn’s current debt will be apportioned to them. Likewise, only Lewiston taxpayers will pay off Lewiston’s current debt. After merger, new debt will be equally shared. After all current debt is retired, taxpayers on both sides of the river will pay exactly the same rate.