Three quarters of funds from a proposed tax override will go toward the Newton Public Schools.
“But at a time when our employers are battling inflation, wage pressure and a looming recession, a property tax increase feels like a lot to ask of our business community,” Greg Reibman said.
Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller proposed a $15 million tax increase at a city hall address on Monday, citing the city’s need for additional funds for improvement projects.
The city will use the money for programs and services that help those struggling with substance use disorder.
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.
“On the one hand, we are so aware of the needs of our students and the desire to support them robustly with as many teachers and support as possible,” Mayor Ruthanne Fuller said. “On the other hand, using one-time money for ongoing costs creates a real problem for the following year.”
“The bottom line from Newton Health and Human Services Commissioner Linda Walsh is, ‘We’re in a time of cautious optimism,’” Fuller wrote. “She notes that we’ll be living with COVID-19 for months and months to come. We’ve shifted to all of us taking personal responsibility and staying home if we’re not feeling well.”
“Tonight I reaffirm my commitment to building a greater, better, more beautiful Newton, and the core to that commitment is the spirit of working together with elected officials, civic organizations, and residents from all of our villages,” Fuller said.