Merger Makes Economic Sense

As a taxpayer who wants to invest in the infrastructure of this community and does not want to see taxes go up for folks on a fixed income, it is clear to me that merging the cities is the best way forward.

Merger Makes Economic Sense

It is clear that property taxes would be reduced if Lewiston and Auburn merged.

According to a Sun Journal article (Oct. 2) detailing the ramifications of merging the two cities, an estimate given by the consulting experts was that Auburn taxes would go down from $22.99 to $21.94 per thousand of evaluation, and Lewiston taxes would go down from $28.02 to $23.26.

The state of Maine treasurer wrote an article stating it would be economically better for the residents of both cities to merge.

As a taxpayer who wants to invest in the infrastructure of this community and does not want to see taxes go up for folks on a fixed income, it is clear to me that merging the cities is the best way forward.

I hope other residents will join me in voting “yes” to the merger of Auburn and Lewiston, because it is in residents’ best economic interest.

Sharon Philbrook Bergeron, Auburn
via Sun Journal | October 31, 2017