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Newton passes $11.4 million tax increase

Posted by Deidre Fernandes  March 12, 2013 09:12 PM

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Newton voters approved an $11.4 million tax increase package Tuesday to pay for new schools, a fire station, road repairs, additional teachers and a handful of more police officers.

For only the second time in the city’s history, voters approved an override of Proposition 2 ½.

"This is huge,” Mayor Setti Warren said Tuesday night. “I think that people also understood that there are pressing needs out there.”

Voters approved all three ballot questions, two debt exclusions for tax increases that will last up to 30 years and a separate permanent tax hike.

The debt exclusions, which total about $3 million, will help pay for the new Angier and Cabot elementary schools. The permanent increase of $8.4 million will help to pay for a new Newton Centre Fire Station, an expansion of Zervas Elementary School, 51 new teachers and aides, road repairs and four new police officers.

Tuesday’s vote means that annual taxes on a median house in Newton would increase by $343 to $8,006.

The permanent tax increase of $8.4 million annually passed by a vote of 9,649 to 8,199.

The tax increase to pay for a new Angier Elementary School passed by a vote of 9,904 to 7,893.

The tax increase to pay for a new Cabot Elementary School passed by a vote of 9,879 to 7,919.

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

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