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Posted on: February 9, 2018

Override Study Committee Report

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On October 3, 2017, the Brookline Select Board appointed an Override Study Committee (OSC) following the adoption of the following charge for the committee on September 5, 2017:


The Board of Selectmen shall establish a 2017 Override Study Committee (OSC) to determine whether an operating tax override of Proposition 2½ shall be recommended to support the Town’s FY 2019 Budget.  The recommendation shall detail the amount of any override, its allocation and for how long its intended support until consideration of the next tax override. The OSC shall be a temporary committee consisting of 7 or 9 members. The OSC shall include a member of the Board of Selectmen, a member of the School Committee, and a member of the Advisory Committee.  The remaining members shall be appointed in a manner to balance the various interests of the community. The Town Administrator and the Superintendent of Schools and their respective staff shall participate in the OSC process but shall not be members of the Committee.

The 2017 Override Study Committee (OSC) shall build upon the strong foundation provided by the 2014 Override Study Committee, the Efficiency Initiative Committee (2009), the Facilities Master Plan for the Schools (2008/2010), and the findings and recommendations of the Brookline School Enrollment and Capacity Exploration (B-SPACE) committee (2013). The 2017 OSC shall complete the following tasks in connection with this Charge:

  1. Utilizing the Town’s long-range forecast and budget projections, determine the structural budget gap for Fiscal Year 2019 and beyond;
  2. Examine school enrollment projections and costs associated with enrollment growth including operational costs associated with the expanded Devotion School, High School and new 9th Elementary School.
  3. Assess the adoption and implementation of the efficiencies and best practices identified by prior override study and efficiency committees;
  4. Examine potential non-override revenue sources, including costs, feasibility, potential savings and other impacts of potential adoption and implementation;
  5. Benchmark Town and School programs, expenditures and revenues with comparable municipalities;
  6. Compile data that shows the impact that increased taxes and fees will have on taxpayer and residents;
  7. With input from the Town Administrator and School Superintendent, prioritize programs or other expenditures for funding.
  8. Analyze the impact to Town and School programs of failure of its recommendations.

The 2017 OSC shall submit a detailed written report of its findings and recommendations no later than February 9, 2018.  As the Board of Selectmen determines, the Committee shall remain in place and participate in public forums to communicate its report and recommendations.


The Override Study Committee delivered its report to the Select Board on February 9, 2018. The committee will present its report to the Select Board on the evening of Tuesday, February 13th during the Select Board Meeting.


Complete Report to the Select Board of the 2017 Override Study Committee

Report to the Select Board without Appendices

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C


Select Board Meeting Schedule:

Presentation of the Report to the Select Board - Tuesday, February 13, 2018 during the Select Board Meeting
Location: Select Board Hearing Room, 6th Floor, Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington Street,
Approximately 8:00pm


Public Hearing on the Recommendation of the Override Study Committee - Tuesday, February 27, 2018 during the Select Board Meeting
Location: Select Board Hearing Room, 6th Floor, Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington Street,
Approximately 7:00pm


Select Board to Adopt a Final Vote on Language for the Override Ballot Questions - Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (2nd option for this vote is Tuesday, March 13, 2018) during the Select Board Meeting
Location: Select Board Hearing Room, 6th Floor, Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington Street,
Time TBD

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