In 2010, CNN Money ranked Newton the third best city to live in. In October, Money magazine found the city to be the fourth best place to live in the United States, saying “Newton’s educational opportunities and community activities are what boosted it to the top of list.”
So what’s the problem? Newton’s chief financial officer works for the mayor, so of course she supports and defends his three override proposals (“Aldermen to vote on overrides,” Dec. 2). I agree the numbers seem conservative; too conservative, in fact, to be realistic. Yet there appears to be no opposition from voters to the projected figures or to current spending levels. No taxpayer scrutiny and no demand for accountability is unacceptable.