LWVN’s Busy April Calendar

Wednesday, April 8th:  Topic Meeting on Funding Newton’s Post-Retirement Benefits, NewTV Conference Room, 23 Needham Street, from 11:30 am to 1 pm

Thursday, April 9th:  “Don’t Just Stand There…Run” at the Brigham House, 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands, 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Thursday, April 23rd:  Can Parking Benefit Newton’s Neighborhoods?  at the Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium, 7 pm – 9 pm

Sunday, April 26th:  LWVN’s Champagne and Chocolate Event, with Judge Gordon Martin at the All Newton Music School, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, April 28th:  LWVMA’s Day on the Hill, starting at 10 am in the Gardner Auditorium at the State House, Boston

And from our sister League in Acton:  Thursday, April 16th:  Barbara Berenson on Boston and the Civil War, at the RJ Grey Junior High Auditorium, 16 Charter Road in Acton, beginning at 7:30 pm

For more information on any of these events, visit lwvnewton.org or email us with your question at info@lwvnewton.org.

Funding Newton’s Post-Retirement Benefits – The “OPEB” Issue: Topic Meeting

Please join us on Wed, April 8, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at NewTV, 23 Needham St., Newton

Brown-bag lunches welcome

Employees of the City of Newton earn both current (salary) and deferred compensation. Newton’s employees receive their deferred compensation – pensions, post-retirement healthcare, and similar benefits – once certain age service thresholds are met and the employee retires.

While Newton is required to set money aside to cover future employee pension liabilities, there are currently no such requirements for Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) such as healthcare. As a result, OPEB are paid against current year budgets as needed, and future needs show up as an unfunded liability on the City’s balance sheet.

This month’s topic meeting will explain the OPEB issue, provide an understanding of what risks the OPEB problem poses for the City’s financial health, and discuss strategies that other municipalities have used to address such future funding needs.

Our speakers will be:

  • Tony Logalbo – Finance Director, Town of Concord
    • An explanation of the OPEB problem and Newton’s current situation
    • Discussion of other municipalities’ strategies
  • Maureen LemieuxCFO, City of Newton
    • Discussion of Newton’s plans to fund OPEB in the near- and long-term

Each speaker will have the opportunity to speak for 15 minutes, followed by open discussion among all attendees.

April 26th: Save the Date for LWVN’s Champagne and Chocolate Event!

Martin-Gordon-Count-Them-One-by-One-coverLWVN is pleased to present Gordon Martin, Jr. as our featured speaker on April 26th at LWVN’s Champagne and Chocolate Event, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the All Newton Music School.  Judge Martin is author of Count Them One By One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote, the personal account of a community and a lawyer united to battle one of the most recalcitrant bastions of resistance to civil rights.

Look for your invitation in the mail this week or RSVP here!

LWVMA Day on the Hill–Tuesday, April 28th

Senator Stanley Rosenberg, the president of the Massachusetts State Senate, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Day on the Hill lobby day, Tuesday, April 28.

Sen. Rosenberg, one of the three most powerful politicians in the state, will speak to the day’s theme, “A Vision for Massachusetts,” with his thoughts on the priorities for the new session of the legislature. We are particularly proud to note he is a member of the Amherst League.

Day on the Hill begins at 10 a.m. in Gardner Auditorium at the State House. Following Sen. Rosenberg’s presentation, our legislative specialists will review some of the bills we are supporting to prepare you for visits to your own Senators and Representatives after our formal session ends at noon.

LWVMA encourages all League members to attend Day on the Hill. We want a good turnout for Sen. Rosenberg, and nothing impresses legislators more than a personal visit from constituents. You can register at LWVMA.org and the office will let your legislators know you are coming. All members will receive an information packet about Day on the Hill in early April.

Save the date for our latest parking forum on April 23rd

Newton’s Parking: new solutions to a seemingly intractable problem

One of the bigger challenges in Newton’s older village centers, parking is also key to village vitality.

A library forum April 23 will explain some of the cutting-edge ideas used in cities across America to unlock the potential of public, on-street parking by using the marketplace to set pricing (called “dynamic pricing”), ensuring optimal space vacancy rates while returning funds to the business district.

This forum will update fans of the popular 2013 LWVN forum on parking (link: https://lwvnewton.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Newton-051712-shorter1.pdf) on the latest parking policy tools available to municipalities in Massachusetts.

Who: Jessica Robertson, planner at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), and developer of the ParkSmart Initiative; Sean Roche, editor of Newton’s Parking Management Plan

When: April 23, 7-8:45 pm

Where: Druker Auditorium, Main Library

Sponsored by: Newton Free Library, League of Women Voters, Newton.

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