A group of Newton taxpayers, called Moving Newton Forward, is joining the conversation about the wisdom of Mayor Setti Warren's three override proposals. We think they are bad for Newton, which already has plenty of money.
How much money? According to the City's audited financial reports, Newton revenue increased 40 percent from 2003 to 2012. Mayor Warren has increased spending by $24 million on his watch alone---without any overrides.
Moving will have its third meeting on Wednesday, January 30th at 7 pm at the Post 440 at 295 California Street. Join us! The group's first widely-publicized citywide meeting will be one week later, 2/6, same time of day, same place.
Our message is simple: the Mayor and his capable team, including the Aldermen and School Committee, can live within our means. If they re-order priorities, they can pay for long-neglected infrastructure without further taxing residents or harming, for example, student test scores. That re-ordering is essential to protect household incomes and property values as our federal and state income taxes rise. Questions? Email me at email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you! ---Suzanne Szescila, co-chairman, MNF