We think the most ardent merger supporters don't care that it will be more expensive to live and own property in a merged city. They want a merger, and to heck with the numbers.
If you are even remotely interested in costs, take a look at this analysis, prepared by Lewiston Finance Committee Chair Robert Reed. It anticipates significant transition and on-going costs.
If you are not interested in taxes and costs, don't bother.
We've seen it with the passenger train proponents, probably many of the same people who love the merger prospects. "We want passenger rail to (insert city) and don't talk to us about the numbers not working!" Can't build and operate a passenger train system without massive injections of taxpayer money. It's other people's money, so they just don't care. MDOT estimated the costs to extend passenger rail to Lewiston would be near $100 million dollars.
And finally, on to the 'negativity' argument that so frequent pops up as a jab at those of us who oppose the prospect of a merger... if one goes counter to a proposal, it is very simple for proponents to claim that you are negative. Well, if you go against a proposal, you can't be 'positive' about it. "Negative" sounds like a good way to label the opposition and we see it constantly.
What we are really interested in is accuracy and integrity of numbers. We question cost savings that have been over-stated, for example. By being 'negative', we have finally succeeded in getting the JCC to admit that they wildly over-stated the market value of the average house in Lewiston. It is not $147,000, it is more like $97,000. As the value of the house drops in their cost savings model, so do the savings drop.
So, we have projected savings dropping and costs increasing. If there is no concern about the numbers, no big deal, correct?