No merger for CF-CV

By Jillian Marshall

December 4, 2013 Updated Dec 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM EDT

Town of Chenango, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The polls are closed and the votes are counted, Chenango Valley and Chenango Forks School Districts will not merge.

Chenango Forks had their results shortly before 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday. They overwhelmingly denied the merger.

More then 2,300 voters came out to voice their opinion in Forks, 2015 against the merger, 355 for it.

Board of Education President, Don Edwards, said Chenango Forks made a statement by voting down the merger, and told everyone that Chenango Forks isn't going anywhere.

It was much closer for Chenango Valley, in fact less than 100 votes separated their decision.

But, Chenango Valley voted 981 to merge and 902 not to merge.

Chenango Valley School Board President Gerald Abbey said he would vote against the merger, saying the districts needed more time.

The next step for both districts is to start work on the 2014-15 budget. Edwards said even though there isn't a merger, Chenango Forks residents should still expect a tax increase.

"There's no doubt in my mind, taxes are going to have to go up. The people that I've talked to basically were saying that our taxes are going to go up anyway, I'd rather have them go up as Chenango Forks as opposed to have them go up as a combined district," Edwards said.

Edwards said it's an honor to be able to stay Board President for Chenango Forks and says the district has a lot of work ahead.

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