Mayor to Present Capital Plan, Possible Override Tonight [Poll]
Voters may face a tax override to help fund the Newton schools' facilities needs.
As the Newton Public Schools' facilities continue to age and the student population remains on the rise, Mayor Setti Warren will present a five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) tonight in hopes of successfully tackling many of Newton's growing infrastructure needs.
Warren will present the plan during the Board of Aldermen meeting Oct. 15 at 7:45 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chamber at Newton City Hall.
Over the last year, Warren has provided little detail on how the latest CIP iteration will help tackle the district's aging school building stock, but according to a recent report in the Boston Globe, the mayor plans to present a approximate $11 million Proposition 2 1/2 tax override tonight.
However, as the Globe reports, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) told the city last week it cannot lump the school building needs into one override, and must do a separate tax override for each school project -- leaving officials with only a few days to adjust the capital plan.
The Proposition 2 1/2 law permits municipalities to increase property taxes each year by 2 1/2 percent. With a voter-approved override, though, the municipality can levy more taxes -- passing the 2 1/2 increase limit -- in order to pay for projects or other municipal needs.
During last year's CIP presentation, Warren said the city would have to look to other revenue sources to fund the rebuilding of Angier Elementary and Fire Station #3 in Newton Centre.
While the district is partnering with the MSBA to rebuild Angier Elementary School, Cabot Elementary School has also come to the top of the priority list for rebuilding or reconstruction. The district has been in contact with the MSBA about the possibility of partnering for a Cabot project while the Angier project is ongoing.