There is a consequence to saying no to the proposed unification: We lose out on any tax incentives and the $150,000 in additional state aid to prepare for the inevitable transition. In return, our property taxes will go up to pay for those towns that do agree to unify. That is the way the law works. If the proposed merger is approved, then voters in St. Albans City, St. Albans Town, and Fairfield will see a tax reduction that amounts to about $1,000 to those in the city and Fairfield, and about $1,500 to residents in the town.
It may not be enough to send the kids to college, but a thousand bucks is a thousand bucks. And that thousand bucks is only available if the merger passes; if it doesn’t, the thousand bucks disappears and, because we have a statewide property tax, the thousand bucks we would save would go to those taxpayers who did vote to unify.
At almost all levels the choice is between getting something, and getting nothing.