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League of Women Voters supports Newton tax increase

Posted by Deidre Fernandes  January 15, 2013 10:40 AM

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The League of Women Voters of Newton has decided to back Mayor Setti Warren’s proposal for an $11.4 million override of Proposition 2 ½.

According to the league’s Website, members voted overwhelming on Jan. 10 to support the override package, which includes three separate ballot initiatives to fund schools, roads, fire station buildings and day-to-day operations of the city.

The league’s support gives Warren a boost as he tries to convince voters that they should pass the first property tax override in a decade. The city-wide vote is scheduled for March 12.

Voters will be asked to vote on one permanent tax increase to provide $8.4 million for road repairs, four police officers, new teachers to handle the school system’s growing student population, expansion and renovation of Zervas Elementary School, replacement of the Newton Centre fire station and Fire Department headquarters, and a new communications building.

Voters will also vote on two separate temporary tax increases, totaling $3 million and to be paid off over roughly 30 years, to rebuild the Angier and Cabot elementary schools.

If voters approve all three increases, officials estimate that the annual taxes on a house with the city’s median assessment, $686,000, would go up by about $343, to $8,006.

Deirdre Fernandes can be reached at deirdre.fernandes@globe.com

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