To all residents of the Mayfield and Northville school districts: Please get all the information on this merger before you vote.
I would like to draw your attention to page 195 of the data sets of the study, which basically states all bargaining units will get together and try to come to an agreement on salary and benefits before a vote is taken. If the Northville Teachers Association's contract is raised to equal the Mayfield Teachers Association's contract, that alone will cost the district an additional $500,000 in salaries plus $150,000 in benefits for a total of $650,000 per year. The incentive is for a 14-year period, so it would cost taxpayers a total of about $9.1 million if the Mayfield Teachers Association's contract were adopted.
People also should check pages 181 to 186 of the study. If people review these pages carefully, they will find mistakes have been made that total $6 million over a 14-year period. If you add the increased salaries and benefits with the costs of these mistakes, you have about $15 million of extra expenses. These extra costs will use up the majority of the $18 million we will get. Using these numbers, there would only be approximately $3 million over the course of 14 years to pay down debt or add services.
To Northville Central School District residents, please check the minutes of the last Board of Education meeting to see we are in better financial condition now than we have been in many years.
If the districts merge, the newly elected board could opt for other options if they want. This could raise taxes by 45 percent for the Northville Central School District taxpayers.
DENNIS C. POULIN