COLONIE: Districts ask for resident input

"For us, it seems to be very attractive and a great thing for North Colonie residents. It will help mitigate future tax increases. A win-win is a good way to put it," Rybaltowski said.

The district would also see an increase of state reimbursement on capital improvement projects. Currently, the district gets back 48 percent of its investment in projects. If the annexation goes through, that number could increase to 68 percent, Rybaltowski said.

For 10 years, Maplewood has contemplated joining with North Colonie and met with its district officials to discuss options. Last summer, officials met once again and decided that a annexation should be thoroughly investigated and put before voters of both districts.

Maplewood has attempted mergers before in the face of increasing costs, including a 1980 feasibility study looking into a merger with Watervliet and Green Island schools. Voters turned that proposal down.""

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