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Newton League of Women Voters Throws Support Behind Override Proposal

The league recently voted whether to support the mayor's $11.4 million override proposal.

With roughly two months to go before the Newton voters decide whether to support Mayor Setti Warren's $11.4 million override package, the Newton League of Women Voters has voiced its opinion on the proposal. 

During its member meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10, the Newton LWV "voted overwhelmingly" in support of all three override questions, according to the Newton LWV's website. 

With the vote, the Newton LWV can now advocate on behalf of the override, the website says. The override stance will also be added to the Newton LWV's 2012-2013 program.

Newton residents will consider the mayor's override proposal in a special election set for March 12. The proposal includes three ballot questions:

  • The first question asks for an $8.4 million operational override that would cover a number of different capital needs including funding for projects in the schools, public works, police and fire departments.
  • The second question asks for approval of a debt exclusion override to cover the cost of rebuilding the 90-year-old Angier Elementary. 
  • The third question asks for a similar debt exclusion override to cover the cost of renovating or rebuilding the 80-year-old Cabot Elementary.

If all three overrides pass, the average Newton tax bill will increase by approximately 50 cents for every $1,000 valuation of a home, according to Chief Financial Officer Maureen Lemieux. This amounts to an average of $343 per year, based on Newton's median home price of $686,000.

The city has launched an override calculator that helps residents find out how much their taxes will increase if the proposed override passes.

What do you think? Does the $11.4 million override have your vote? Will you be supporting all three questions, some, or none? Tell us in the comments section below.

Adam Maleson January 27, 2013 at 06:31 AM
Proposition 2 1/2 exists for a reason: Financial Accountability. That is a reason Newton's irresponsible, wasteful, greedy politicians do not wish to acknowledge and are probably incapable of even comprehending. The reason we need these long overdue repairs to the elementary schools is entirely the result of the perennial shortsightedness of Newton's political syndicate. We do not need an override of the well-reasoned tax increase limitations of Proposition 2 1/2. We could have these 12 million dollars by simply slashing in half the top 200 highest paid city employees' salaries. This is the obvious solution. So why has nobody thought of it? That too, is obvious. They are greedy selfish people who have no intention of giving back a penny of their own inflated salaries. But they don't mind in the least raising the taxes of everyone else in the city, everyone else whose taxes are already the source of these inflated salaries. Voters and taxpayers of Newton, don't take this economic abuse lying down. Speak out loud and clear against this override, and VOTE AGAINST it on March 12. 2013 MUST be the year in which the BUCK STOPS. Stand up to these bullying thieving lying politicians. Do it now, and do it loud and clear and unequivocally. Tell these greedy wasteful politicians to take their override, and tell them explicitly where they can put it.
Susan Huffman March 09, 2013 at 02:03 AM
I will be voting against all 3 of the overrides. I do not believe that they were well thought out at all. There is no need to increase the size of one of the elementary schools when they have not even considered giving Upper Falls back our neighborhood school. If we were to instead build a school over here, then our children would not have to be split up and bussed to other differing neighborhoods. While I agree that the schools in question do need to be repaired, this needs to be done within their budget. I have to run my household according to my own budget. There is no reason why the city can't do the same. Mayor Warren is a smart guy. I'm sure he is capable of operating our city with the additional 2.5% that he's already going to get.

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