You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Letter: Mayor Warren’s plan makes sense

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.

Continue reading below

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

Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of