What is the negative point of the dowry

Baden - a bride with more dowry: a merger with Ennetbaden, why not?

A bride with more dowry: a merger with Ennetbaden, why not?

Baden's opponents from Neuenhof at the time could also imagine a merger with Ennetbaden. The tax situation is better, the proportion of foreigners lower and the infrastructure more modern.

June 13, 2010 had moved the region: Neuenhof approved a merger with the city of Baden with 1,416 yes to 105, while Baden's voters rejected Neuenhof as a bride against all expectations with 2,443 no to 2,396 yes.

At that time, some communities were already thinking about a possible development towards a larger community in the Baden-Wettingen region. These plans were buried in one fell swoop.

Now the Ennetbaden municipal council has taken the dossier out again and will let the municipal assembly vote next Thursday on whether a merger with Baden should be examined.

Even if checking does not mean merging immediately, a yes in Ennetbaden would be tantamount to an expression of will to initiate the merger. That is why one could be all the more excited about the Limmat, how the potential partner thinks about it.

It is the partner whose electorate rejected an amalgamation four years ago, although the residents' council was clearly behind it. But Neuenhof is not Ennetbaden. At that time, critics of the merger said that they would have preferred a merger with another partner, namely Ennetbaden.

Financially, Ennetbaden would be the more attractive bride. There is no emergency there. Neither the finances nor the state of the infrastructures would make a merger necessary. And the tax rate, at 100 percent, is only five percent higher than that in Baden.

The community could cope with going it alone in the longer term. The tax force is a lot higher than in Neuenhof, the proportion of foreigners is a lot lower. What was criticized at Neuenhof is true at Ennetbaden. In addition to the functioning cooperation, which already connects the two communities in around two dozen areas, the location on the river and the thermal baths, the population is similar in terms of voting behavior. Both said yes to the four educational clover leaves and, as the most recent example, both clearly opposed the mass immigration initiative.

But how would the opponents of the merger with Neuenhof see a merger with Ennetbaden now and today? Marc Arnold, Vice President of SVP Baden, was at the forefront of the fight against the merger with Neuenhof.

Ennetbaden is clearly a different case for him: “From my point of view, the community is financially sound. And historically, Ennetbaden was already part of Baden until 1819. Without knowing the exact details, I would certainly not be averse to a merger today, ”says Arnold.

He sees only one possible negative point: "After a merger, the municipality of Baden would probably move further to the left politically."

In terms of taxation, Ennetbaden is a lot better positioned than Neuenhof, says SVP President Serge Demuth. At the moment, however, he does not want to interfere with the Ennetbadeners.

For Ueli Kohler, former SVP councilor and residents' council, the situation is completely different from that of Neuenhof. That is why he could very well imagine a merger of Baden and Ennetbaden. Those people from Baden who have already said yes to Neuenhof are clearly positive. Above all, they see advantages in a merger with Ennetbaden. The examination of community associations is also on the agenda of the city council.