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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Decisions, decisions

NEWTON

A few years ago, Newton residents essentially voted themselves a tax increase when they passed the Community Preservation Act. Later this month, they'll have a chance to decide where that money goes.

The city has received $6.3 million worth of applications for community preservation funding, but has only $4.8 million available to distribute from the fund this fiscal year.

The projects and amounts requested are:

* $2.7 million for historic preservation of the Durant Kenrick Homestead;
* $472,000 for historic preservation and recreation improvements at Farlow and Chaffin parks;
* $1.2 million for historic landscaping at City Hall;
* $150,000 for City Archive preservation;
* $9,000 for the restoration of a bronze door at the Newton Fire Department;
* $118,000 for historic lighting in Jefferson Square;
* $616,000 for Newton Centre playground access improvements;
* $347,000 for Cheesecake Brook Greenway improvements, and;
* $751,000 Warren House affordable housing and historic preservation.

The public can have its say on the proposed projects at a hearing on Oct. 30 in the Druker Auditorium at the Newton Free Library, 6-9 p.m.

That input will be weighed in the weeks after the hearing, as the Community Preservation Committee and the city's aldermen decide which projects to support.

-- Connie Paige

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