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Newton alderman says the city is headed for "frightening times"

Posted by Ralph Ranalli May 28, 2007 10:42 AM

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Alderman Paul Coletti says Mayor David Cohen is creating a city that only the rich can afford.
(Globe staff photo by Michele McDonald)

NEWTON

While officials have not called for a property tax override, one alderman is declaring that one next year is now inevitable after the board last week approved a $310.5 million city budget for the 2008 fiscal year, which starts on July 1.

Paul Coletti, chairman of the board’s Finance Committee, said the city was in for “frightening times.” To keep pace with the new expenditures, he said, the city will need an override next fiscal year and the resulting tax increase will price the city out of some middle-class residents’ reach.

“What we’re left with are people who have the funds, the bank accounts, and the jobs and lifestyle to feel that whatever the mayor proposes is what they’re prepared to spend,” Coletti said. “It’s going to be somewhat of a defining moment.”

-- Connie Paige

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