The Newton City Council voted against the proposed fiscal year 2023 operating budget at a meeting on Thursday due to its disagreement with the amount allocated to the Newton Public Schools, though the budget will automatically go into effect regardless.
Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller presented the proposal of Newton’s fiscal year 2023 budget—which expands the city’s spending on schools and municipality departments—to the Newton City Council on Tuesday.
At the Newton City Council’s meeting as the Committee of the Whole on Monday, the Newton Citizens Commission on Energy presented a plan to create a Building Energy Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) resembling the one Boston implemented in 2013.
Attendees at a Newton City Council Zoning and Planning Committee meeting on Feb. 28 discussed a citizens’ petition that would limit the height of businesses and residential buildings in the city.
The Newton City Council Programs and Services Committee met on Feb. 9 to provide an update about the future of the city’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
The amendment went to a voiced vote and passed unanimously. Councilor Andreae Downs made a motion for reconsideration so councilors could voice last-minute thoughts about the amendment, but the motion was denied, approving the amendment.
Mayor Ruthanne Fuller is allocating $75,000 of the $63 million the city received from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for a new grant program called Revitalize Creative Newton (RCN), according to a statement from Fuller on Nov. 4.
Unofficial results for the Nov. 2 Newton municipal elections were posted on the City of Newton’s website throughout Tuesday evening. Nearly 6,000 voters had already cast their ballots early or by mail as of Friday, according to the city clerk’s office, and the polls on Election Day opened for voters at 7 a.m. and closed at 8 p.m.
When Newton residents took to the polls during early voting for mayor and Newton City Council, many voters had issues such as zoning and education on their minds.