Regarding Dierdre Fernandes’s article (“Tax Plan Relying on Early Figures,” March 3, Globe West), I have every confidence in Mayor Setti Warren’s plan for the Angier and Cabot school projects.
Mayor Warren and his administration have proven their commitment to sound fiscal management by finding $200 million in savings in just three short years in office, through renegotiated contracts with all 17 municipal unions, energy efficiencies and new utility contracts, prudent budgeting and performance evaluation of all city departments.
The mayor’s thorough assessment of Newton’s infrastructure and his 20-year plan for capital improvement are unprecedented in Newton.
The Massachusetts School Building Authority’s partnership on Angier and its interest in partnering on Cabot help ensure that the projects will not repeat mistakes of the past.
With the authority’s strict new procedures ,— including the ability to suspend funding for a project if costs and scope exceed agreed-upon levels — an authority-selected architect with a track record in local school design, and a potential $27 million in state reimbursement, we have every reason to believe in the soundness of the school building projects.
State Treasurer Steve Grossman, who chairs the authority, told a recent gathering of Newton residents that when a school enters into an agreement with the authority on scope and cost, “the agreement is an ironclad agreement between the community and the MSBA.”
Solutions to Newton’s challenges are not easy. The override proposal gives voters the opportunity to partner with the city on a sound plan to preserve the quality of our schools and our community.
Please join me in voting Yes on all three ballot questions on Tuesday.
Co-chair, Building Newton’s Future