Newton voters will go to the polls today to decide a $12 million override, but most believe that there are larger issues lurking between the lines on the ballot.
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For supporters, the override is about a fundamental choice: Will Newton voters do what is necessary to maintain the city's reputation for educational excellence? More than 70 percent of the override money will go to the school budget, which has been hit hard by rising costs for energy, health care, and pensions.
When the polls open this morning a little more than 15 minutes from now, the Globe West Updates news blog will be there. We will also be providing online updates throughout the day, including up to approximately 9 p.m. when the results are finally tallied at Newton City Hall.
So watch this space, stay tuned, and even participate in the discussion by using Globe West Updates' comments feature.
-- Ralph Ranalli