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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Override in the cards for Newton?

NEWTON

A commission studying Newton's finances is leaning toward recommending a tax override to pay for construction projects, including rebuilding Newton North High School.

‘‘We did not find a silver bullet to solve the city’s financial problems,’’ said panel chairman Paul F . Levy, president and chief executive officer of Beth Israel Deaconess (cq) Medical Center in Boston.

‘‘Unless things change dramatically in the next three or four weeks, I think the commission is going to recommend [debt exclusion] as a sensible approach for making sure our city’s buildings are put back into good shape.’’

The 11-member commission, which was appointed by Mayor David B. Cohen early this fall, is made up of prominent financial, educational, and business leaders.

It is due to make its final report in February.

-- CONNIE PAIGE

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