The City has three proposals that will raise property taxes. Only Question 1 is an override, which raises the basis for future taxes forever. We think it is the most egregious proposal, although we oppose all three.
Questions 2 and 3 are debt exclusions, which last for 30 years. The City admits that the amounts proposed for the two bonds, however, could be insufficient to renovate or replace the elementary schools Angier and Cabot. Taxpayer, beware!
Three things to remember if all three proposals pass:
Please vote No, No, No!
Shall the City of Newton be allowed to assess an additional $8,400,000 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of funding municipal and school operating and capital expenses to support increased student enrollment, fund street and sidewalk paving, fund public safety personnel, address the condition and capacity of Zervas Elementary School, fund the relocation of the Fire Department Wires Division, and fund the replacement of Fire Headquarters and Fire Station 3 in Newton Centre for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013?
Shall the City of Newton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition two and one-half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to renovate or replace the A. E. Angier Elementary School?
Shall the City of Newton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition two and one-half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to renovate or replace the Cabot Elementary School?