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Newton Taxpayers group launches new anti-override initiative

Posted by Ralph Ranalli February 22, 2008 04:29 PM

NEWTON

The Newton Taxpayers Association, a non-profit group that has traditionally opposed Proposition 2 1/2 overrides in the city, has announced the formation of a new group, Newton For Fiscal Responsibility, to oppose Mayor David B. Cohen's plans for a new Newton North High School and a $23.9 million override.

In a press release circulated by president Jeff Seideman, the group said it is now "seeking members and support from the many Newton residents frustrated and angry over the way Newton's budget has been raided to pay for a new, over-priced Newton North High School."

Cohen has announced he will request a $23.9 million override vote for this May, which the group said it will oppose.

The group is also urging the city to scrap the current $186 million plan for Newton North and adopt an alternative proposed by Mark Sangiolo, a local architect, that calls for renovating the current building and adding a new science wing.

The group's press release said that more information is available on the Newton Taxpayers Association website.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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