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Newton property tax override

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    Re: Newton property tax override

    I will be voting no on this. The main reason is because government as a whole, federal, state and local needs to learn that you cannot just milk citizens of more money by raising taxes. stop with the six figure salaries. Stop with the 90% of health insurance paid for. How about public employees learn to live like the rest of the general public who have privates sector jobs. We don't get a pension, or any % health insurance provided when we retire. We have not such thing as gauranteed raises. Here's an idea, rather than gauranteed pensions and health insurance, why don't the various levels of government go to a 403b type savings plan? I'd bet even if the city matched employee contributions 10%, which is still more generous than any private sector job, the city would save millions.

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    Geoff, nice try but you are wrong here.

    Burlington’s net maximum cost was $15M after state aid.

    Angier’s minimum cost is projected to be $23M after state aid.

    Cabot’s minimum cost is projected to be $30M after state aid.

    As for the cost of “METCO kids” you should know that METCO is but one of six programs that allow non-resident schoolchildren to attend Newton schools.  Do the 93 non-resident teachers’ kids in Newton Public Schools mean anything to you?  Even if we take into account the 13 Newton resident teachers kids that attend the public schools of other towns, this program costs Newton at least $1.2M annually.

    In our guest column in the Newton TAB, we highlighted why we disagree with the CAG’s estimate that METCO only costs $50K annually.  When we consider that we pay $12.5M before state aid to send 167 Newton kids to other school districts, it is preposterous to say that 404 METCO kids only cost Newton $50K annually (net of state aid)

    We are pleased to see that the Newton Tab singled out Setti Warren’s column versus Joshua Norman’s column in a head-to-head€ manner.

    It is preposterous to say that 538 non-resident kids do no€™t represent a material cost yet a similar number of Newton kids requires three extravagantly expensive overrides.

    Regardless, we are glad that you have decided to retire from the School Committee once your current term is up.  Maybe we wi€™ll get an independent thinker who will recognize the $7M+ value that accrues to Boston because we educate their kids in our school system.

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    When the new high school was proposed, Mayor Cohen swore that there was sufficient money in the system to pay for it without raising taxes. He did this by shifting money allocated to maintenance in various parts of the budget to the new school. When the Newton taxpayers Ass'n visited the 'old' high school, they found that this 25 year-old building was not worn our but was suffering from a lack of maintenance. This is the same issue that dogs older schools.

    Why did the aldermen approve the new buidling? Were they incapable of seeing the sleight of hand taking money from one account and shufflingit to another? This lack of responsibility must stop!

    An important point made elsewhere is that 80% of the school system's budget is made up of salaries and pension entitlements. The rate of increase must be held to a level that the Newton taxPAYERS get.

    Finally:  RENOVATE the architecturally significant Cabot School! Do not destroy our community's heritage again as we stupidly did when we tore down the beautiful, charming old Newton High School (i.e. the 19th century one  aka Building One).

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    I have lived in Newton for 62 years.  There's a reason why property values rise most years or slip only a little even in the worst of times.  The schools, villages, and services are hard to beat anywhere near Boston.  Add in public transit, both buses and T, and the proximity to Boston and it's an unbeatable combination.

    As to why costs and taxes increase every year, where have you ever worked where salaries, benefits, and overhead costs remain static of fall year to year?

    The city services delivered by people are a foundation to the attractiveness of the City.  It is in part due to the emphasis on attracting and keeping good people that we are in trouble today as maintenance has been delayed for most of the past 40 years.  If you let a house get rundown too long, it loses its appeal.  Let's not let that happen to the Garden City.


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    Re: Newton property tax override

    In response to ccloutier's comment:

    Submitted by Marcia Tabenken:

    Response from Building Newton's Future

    1.How should residents vote on the override questions and why?

    Mayor Warren's proposed override package includes three inextricably linked questions that, together, tackle Newton's biggest challenges:  aging infrastructure and school enrollment growth. Three YES votes will enable our city to:

    ·         Modernize and expand Newton's oldest school buildings ranked among the 30 worst in Massachusetts.

    ·         Repair and maintain crumbling roads and sidewalks.

    ·         Provide teachers and staff to address the huge influx of new students.

    ·         Provide critical short- and long-term space with modulars at four elementary schools, as well as renovation/replacement and expansion of the severely overcrowded Zervas Elementary School.

    ·         Improve emergency response time by renovating the outdated Newton Centre Fire Station and Headquarters ”the communications hub for emergency response.

    ·         Reduce traffic-related accidents and burglaries by adding four police officers for traffic and community policing.

    Since Mayor Warren took office, the city has found more than $200 million in cost savings over the next five years by renegotiating employee and utility contracts and identifying efficiencies throughout all city and school departments.  However challenges remain.

    Newton has experienced dramatic enrollment growth with 900+ students since 2005 and 850+ more expected over the next five years. Schools are bursting at the seams, with specialists delivering services in hallways and closets.  Crumbling roads and sidewalks make for unsafe travel. Pedestrian and cycling accidents and burglaries are up.  The outdated Newton Center fire station is slowing down response time.

    Delaying improvements would decrease our property values and cost us millions more down the road. Three yes votes are critical to preserving quality of life in Newton.



    Decreasing our property value?  The value of the real estate here has been over estimated.  How can you consciously state that the property values will decrease.  Your answers to "why yes" is a joke.  Nothing wrong with the roads..  Pedestrian and cylcling accidents and burglaries are up?  From what?  Carelessness, old age? And for burglaries .. you think more police are going to change that?  Try a better economy to drop the burglary rate.  

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