Charter Commission Initiative

The League of Women Voters of Newton has been working since this fall to get enough signatures to put the question of a Newton Charter Commission on the November 2013 ballot. More information about this initiative, the League’s 2009-2010 Charter Study, and how you can help can be found here.

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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2011-2012 Topic Meetings

April 12, 2012: National Privatization Study Consensus Meetings

Come and be heard. The National League Study on Privatization is not asking us to reach consensus on whether privatization is a good thing or a bad thing, but to educate ourselves so that we understand the details of how and why privatization occurs and the policies that need to be in place to not only ensure that privatizing a public service is not only more cost effective, but that private entities are held to the same standards as government entities in their responsibility to the public.  This is your chance to help decide League positions.

March 8, 2012: Local Program Planning for 2012-2013

Join us to discuss our program proposals for next year.  We will talk about the upcoming local Transportation Consensus Study, committee reports and proposals, and action priorities for next year.  This is your chance to have input into what the League will be doing next year.

If you would like more information, please visit our League Program Planning page.

February 9, 2012: Discussion with Craig Manseau, Executive Secretary, Newton Election Commission

Join the League for a conversation about a variety of election issues, including proposed voter ID laws and how the recent redistricting affects Newton’s Wards/Precincts and polling locations.

January 12, 2012: Getting Involved in Newton

Join us to learn how you can become more involved in Newton through advocacy for issues you are concerned about and/or by joining Newton’s advisory boards and commissions. Brooke Lipsitt, League of Women Voters Newton member and former President of the Board of Aldermen, and Megan Costello, Director of Community Affairs for the City of Newton, will present.

November 17, 2011: Discussion of Upcoming LWVUS Privatization Consensus Study

We will be discussing the upcoming National Privatization Study.

October 13, 2011: Consensus Meetings: LWVUS Study – The Role of the Federal Government in Public Education

Join the League to come to consensus on the LWVUS National Education Study.  Meetings held in both the morning and evening.

September 15, 2011: Economic Development 101

Join the League for a primer on economic development by Chris Steele, Newton resident and visiting professor at UMass Boston and UMass Dartmouth.

Action Plan! 2011-2012 Program Planning: February 2011 Topic Meeting

Planning for the 2011-2012 Program will begin at the February 2011 Topic Meeting, which will be held twice, once in the daytime and once in the evening:

  • Daytime meeting: Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 11:30 am -1:30 pm
  • Evening meeting: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 7:00- 9:00 pm

Both meetings will be held at the NewTV Conference Room, 23 Needham Street, Newton

Brown bag lunches or dinners welcome; coffee and dessert will be served.

All members are invited to attend one or both meetings.  For more information, please email

The LWVNewton 2011-2012 committee program proposals can be found here.

We will also spend part of each meeting discussing program planning for the state League. The LWV Massachusetts State Program Planning Guide can be found here.

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