In Mayfield, there are now two possible merger options the community members should learn more about in order to make an educated decision.
According to the New York State Center for Rural Schools, the aid for a Mayfield-Northville merger is $18.8 million over 14 years. The annual cost to level the taxes down to Northville's lower rate is $1.4 million. That is more than $20 million over the 14 years, which is more than the merger aid.
According to the merger study data, the merged district would need to find significant ongoing savings each of those 14 years in order to continue the tax rates after the aid runs out. It sounds nearly impossible to make educational improvements and avoid more program cuts with that scenario.
The aid for a Broadalbin-Perth-Mayfield merger is $38.9 million over 14 years. The annual cost to level the taxes down to Mayfield's rate is $846,000 or $11.9 million over 14 years. There would be $27 million left over to save for the future and make program improvements for the students.
The community and Mayfield's Board of Education needs to take the time to learn more about both options before there is a binding vote regarding a Mayfield-Northville merger.