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From the WKTV spot.

"Just a few tables away, Alex Dorantes disagreed, upset that Herkimer will lose their high school and instead host the 7th and 8th graders if the merger is approved."

"If the merger goes through Herkimer loses the high school and the property values go down," said Alex Dorantes who is against the merger. "They say some of the taxes will go down, well for how long?"

Aren't our 7th and 8th graders just as important? Oh wait what has Mr. Dorantes brought to Main St for us? Tattoo shops, second hand store, Pure Club. Great spokesperson for the ANTI-Merger group! Selfish reasoning...

I don't know where these people are getting the idea that property values will go down, there is absolutely no information to back that up. In other areas where mergers have occurred there has not been a decline in property values due to the merger. Just scare tactics.
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Not only have properties gone down in value, and will continue to fall as a result of the Merge. Taxes will be going up.Contrary to the LIE the elderly are being told.That taxes will go down. The really sad commentary will be next years school tax bill.Do you honestly believe if the merge goes through your tax bill will shrink.Because if you do, I have a bridge I'd like to sell you
How Sad

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Oct 17, 2012
 
Yeah, people are being told a lot of crap about taxes. Most of the houses in Herkimer aren't even worth the $ 100,000 they were basing the amount on anyway. Why use that number? I'll tell you why ... because no one is going to sell out their school for a 1-year $ 150.00 tax break on a $ 50,000 house.

And with a bigger school ... do people really believe that taxes are going to keep going down? Wake up ... you will be paying more in taxes after year 1, if the merger goes through.
steve irwin

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Oct 17, 2012
 
dorantes is a big ape with a brain like the primate.
but im voting NO
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Richard wrote:
Not only have properties gone down in value, and will continue to fall as a result of the Merge. Taxes will be going up.Contrary to the LIE the elderly are being told.That taxes will go down. The really sad commentary will be next years school tax bill.Do you honestly believe if the merge goes through your tax bill will shrink.Because if you do, I have a bridge I'd like to sell you
"Properties have gone down in value".....now how can you blame that on a merger than hasn't happened yet? Where do you get your data that property values will fall due to a merger? Do you think your tax bill won't explode if we don't merge?

I've asked these questions about decreasing property values on a number of different forums, I've asked where the information comes from and what merged districts have experienced a significant drop in proerty values attributed to the merger. Guess what, not one person has been able to supply me with anything.

Diversion tactic, get people away from the real issue.

VOTE YES, save your childs education.
this is nuts

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Alex, how did the anti merger budget meeting go.

I'm wondering, will having a lame-duck high school with just core programs and no sports hold or increase your property value?

Another brain surgeon.
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"Properties have gone down in value".....now how can you blame that on a merger than hasn't happened yet? Where do you get your data that property values will fall due to a merger? Do you think your tax bill won't explode if we don't merge?
I've asked these questions about decreasing property values on a number of different forums, I've asked where the information comes from and what merged districts have experienced a significant drop in proerty values attributed to the merger. Guess what, not one person has been able to supply me with anything.
Diversion tactic, get people away from the real issue.
VOTE YES, save your childs education.
Agreed......I have paid taxes in merged school districts. Never saw any decrease in property values. Over the long term, they went up and up and the academic performance of the schools went up and up as well. Not the case locally.

In terms of taxes...over the long term they will rise as the cost of everything else rises. The purpose of the merger was not about a single year's worth of tax savings, but to get school expenses and structure in line with the tax base, or rather, lack thereof. This is not any different than sharing police or fire services, which has come to the forefront recently. Life has costs and a single village with no real tax base can no longer support a school district over the long term.

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