Town Meeting

Town Meeting is Brookline's Legislative arm of government. It consists of 240 elected Town Meeting members, plus the members of the Board of Selectmen, and any state representative or state senator who resides in Brookline. In addition, the Town Moderator, who presides over Town Meeting, and the Town Clerk, who acts as secretary, are voting members. The 240 are elected by precinct, with 15 members elected from each of the town's 16 precincts. The members are elected for staggered 3-year terms so that 5 members are elected from each precinct each year in the May annual town election.

Responsibilities & Meetings

Town Meeting is responsible for passing a balanced annual town budget, and enacts all town bylaws. An Annual Town Meeting is held in the spring to enact the following year's budget, plus whatever other matters are placed on the Town Meeting warrant, either by the Selectmen or by citizen petition. The Annual Town Meeting is usually held the last week in May or the first week in June. A special Town Meeting is held each fall, usually in November, to deal with any budget changes, zoning by-law amendments, or other matters placed on the warrant. See the Town Meeting Members Handbook for more information on Town Meeting and its procedures.

Although only elected Town Meeting members may vote and propose motions, the public is invited to attend and the sessions are carried live on Brookline Access Television.

2017 Special Town Meeting - November 14, 2017

The Board of Selectmen set Tuesday, November 14, 2017 as the start date for the 2017 Special Town Meeting.  The Warrant opens on Thursday, August 3rd and closes at noon on Thursday, August 31st..  All Town Meeting files can be accessed here.  

2017 Annual Town Meeting - May 23, 2017

The Board of Selectmen set Tuesday, May 23, 2017 as the date for the Annual Town Meeting.  The Warrant opened on Thursday, February 9th and closed at noon on Thursday, March 9th.  All Town Meeting files can be accessed here.