No new road spending included in Newton override
One of the selling points on the City of Newton's website outlining the needs that would be addressed as part of a proposed (three-question) $15 million tax override, is a $1.4 million line item “for streets, sidewalks and improving street and sidewalk safety.”
But that doesn’t mean Newton will be spending an additional $1.4 million on roads and sidewalks if voters agree to raise property taxes on March 14.
City Councilor Becky Grossman said at a meeting last November (watch at the 1:07:45 mark here) she was unhappy the money would not go to more roadwork than what was already planned.
“I was really hopeful we were going to see an uptick in the amount of work we were able to do,” said Grossman, chair of the council's Finance Committee.
“That’s something that’s disappointing me a little.”
According to Fuller administration presentations, if the operating override passes, 34 major city streets – from Waltham Street to Ward Street, Chestnut Street to Grove Street, and Hammond Street to Brookline Street — are set to be paved between now and 2030, Atkinson adds.
We've invited Mayor Fuller to present her case for the override at a virtual chamber event early next month. We hope to announce the date soon.
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