The Commission projects a combined city could save between $2.3 and $4.2 million dollars per year (i.e. 2.5% to 4.4% of current tax levies) and between $23 and $42 million over a 10-year period. What does this mean to the individual taxpayer?
Those savings calculate to $1,900 for the median Lewiston property owner and $1,050 for the median Auburn property owner over that ten-year period. Those savings might be used to reduce taxes, reduce the growth of taxes, fund service improvements, or fund needed investments. Future city councils will decide what to do with any savings.
One thing is clear -- if there is no merger, there will no savings of this magnitude, and taxes will rise more rapidly or services will be reduced.
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