The Select Board invites community members to attend a meeting on March 21, 2023 to share their thoughts and opinions about ballot questions proposed for the May 02, 2023 town election ballot.
The Select Board meeting begins at 05:00 p.m. in Town Hall. Residents may attend in person, or register in advance to attend via Zoom by visiting here. Attendees will be sent a confirmation e-mail.
Proposals under consideration are:
- A Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion to build a new Grades PreK-8 school, which includes renovations/addition to the existing historic Pierce School and other site improvements including reconstruction, and repair of the Town Hall and Pierce School garages, which are beneath the new school and the Town Park across School Street. A Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion allows the town to increase its levy limit temporarily to pay for bonds related to a specified capital project and purchase.
- A Proposition 2 ½ override, raising the tax levy limit to fund the Brookline Public Schools and municipal services. This question will enable the town to enact its Comprehensive Plan and zoning reform, and better position the town to seek grants for preservation, housing, economic development, and sustainability. A Proposition 2 ½ override allows the town to increase its levy limit for general use.
- Capping the number of marijuana retail licenses the Select Board may issue.
The Select Board plans to vote on the questions and final cost amounts.
If approved by voters at the May 02, 2023 election, Town Meeting would then take up the questions when it convenes beginning May 23, 2023.
Residents may learn more about the override and debt exclusion questions on the town override information page by visiting here. The town also will develop arguments for and against the questions that will be included in a townwide mailer. Those interested in proposing arguments are asked to call 617-730-2190 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.