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Newton residents to get chance to weigh in on override

Posted by Ralph Ranalli February 21, 2008 07:19 AM

NEWTON

Newton residents will have a chance to voice their opinion on Mayor David Cohen's proposed $23.9 million Proposition 2 1/2 override on Wednesday, during a joint meeting of two key committees of the city's Board of Aldermen.

The Finance Committee and the Programs and Services Committee will hold the joint meeting at 7:45 p.m. in the aldermanic chamber in City Hall. If it receives the backing of the city's aldermen, the mayor's request for a tax increase could go before voters in May.

Cohen has said the city would have to eliminate more than 60 positions if the override fails, including 16 police officers, 16 firefighters, eight public works employees, and four library workers.

Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Young has said the school system would have to eliminate about 100 full-time positions if the override is voted down. Young said most of those losses would come through attrition.

-- Rachana Rathi

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