LWVN Members Vote to Support Newton Override

The League of Women Voters of Newton members who were present at the January 10, 2013 membership meeting voted overwhelmingly to support all three City of Newton override proposals.

Newton Budget and Override FAQs

The LWVN municipal finance committee has prepared the information below about Newton’s budget and about overrides in general as they begin their effort to help educate voters about the overrides recently proposed by the mayor.

In order to explain how the override process works, it is first necessary to explain the City’s own budget.  The municipal budget for a City of 86,000 is has to take into account paying for common, recurring items and also for infrastructure and buildings.  Each department feeds its own requirements into the budget and each receives funding depending upon the priorities of the City.

An explanation of terms and process follows:

  1. What is the difference between capital expenses and operating expenses?
  2. What types of revenue does Newton have?
  3. What is zero-based budgeting?
  4. How does an override work?

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Fourth Congressional District Candidates’ Forum on October 15

Monday, October 15, 2012

7:00 pm, Refreshments 

7:30 pm, Candidates’ Forum 

Wellesley College Alumnae Hall 

106 Central St, Wellesley 

Sean Bielat (Republican) and Joe Kennedy (Democrat), candidates for the 4th Congressional District, will face-off in a forum co-sponsored by the Leagues from Newton, Brookline, Needham, Sharon-Stoughton, and Wellesley; and Wellesley College.  

Alumnae Hall holds 1,000 people and has ample parking in a nearby garage. Be sure to allow enough time to park.

(Reminder: October 17 is the last day to register for the November 6 election; there will be a table for voter registration at the forum.)

For more information, see the forum flyer or email info@lwvnewton.org.

City of Newton to Hold First Annual Walk/Bike Week

Join other Newton residents at the first annual Walk/Bike Week, from September 28 – October 3.

There will be a variety of events and activities to promote walking and biking in the City, including:

  • Helmet and bike safety checks
  • Bike parade, dog parade
  • Sudbury and Cochituate Aqueducts Hike
  • Bike census
  • Bike repair working session
  • Bike4Life Rides
  • Waban Avenue “Cyclovia”
  • Lincoln Street “Green City Mural”
  • International Walk to School Day
  • and much more.

For more information, go to the City’s Walk/Bike Week page.

Don’t Forget to Vote! – the State Primary Election is on THURSDAY, September 6, 2012

Two of the contested races are for the Democratic nominations for Governor’s Council, Third District, and for Register of Deeds, Middlesex South.  LWVN and NewTV co-sponsored candidates’ debates for these two races on August 15.  The cablecasts for the two debates are now available on NewTV’s Government Channel and the videos can also be accessed online.

You can check to see when the debates are playing on cable TV by going to: http://www.newtv.org/programming/government/full-schedule/.

To watch the debates online, please go to: http://www.newtv.org/programming/government/decision2012/.

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