Newton voters Tuesday firmly rejected a proposed $12-million override, turning back a well funded campaign that urged the city to raise taxes to pay for education and city services.
The unofficial results posted on the city of Newton website indicated the override was rejected by a 55-45 margin.
Though the tax increase was to fund city and school services, two other matters overshadowed the question: public anger over the proposed $197.5-million Newton North High School and the unpopularity of Newton Mayor David Cohen. The mayor announced earlier this month that he would not run for reelection after briefly accepting, then rejecting, a $27,500 raise for himself.
At least 15 towns and cities voted on overrides this year, and about half have rejected and half have approved, according to an informal tally. Those approving tax increases include Canton, Brookline, Natick and Randolph.
The override would have boosted property taxes by $433 on the average Newton home. Before the vote, city officials warned that the school system would eliminate 79 positions, reduce other staff and cut back on music, drama and athletic offerings.