“We’re probably in pretty good shape for winning the three questions,” said Matt Hills, the School Committee’s vice chairman.
On Wednesday, members of Building Newton’s Future held two coffee meetings to introduce friends and neighbors to the issue, and made calls to encourage people to vote in favor of the measures next month.
That night, at the American Legion post in Nonantum, the nascent Moving Newton Forward gathered to build its strategy to defeat the overrides. About 25 residents, many of them graying and veterans of past tax fights, discussed the best way to reach voters before the special election next month.
The organizational questions came in rapid succession: Was it worth doing mailers or fund-raising? Who could organize the phone banks? And how should they hone their message to persuade residents to vote against the override?
The antioverride group was late getting started, Szescila said, but “it’s worth participating in the conversation.”