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 secretary, are voting members. The 240 are elected by precinct, with 15 members elected from each of the Town's sixteen 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.
Town Meeting is responsible for passing a balanced annual town budget, and enacts all town by-laws. 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 (PDF) 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.
2014 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING - MAY 27, 2014
The Board of Selectmen set Tuesday, May 27, 2014 as the date for the Annual Town Meeting. The second night will be on Thursday, May 29th and the third night will be Monday, June 2nd. If a fourth night is needed, it will be held on Wednesday, June 4th. All nights will be held in the High School auditorium. The Warrant opened on Thursday, February 13 and closed at noon on Thursday, March 13. It was executed by the Selectmen on March 18. All Town Meeting files can be accessed here.
2013 SPECIAL TOWN MEETING
The Board of Selectmen set Tuesday, November 19, 2013 as the date for the Special Town Meeting. It was held in the High School auditorium. The Warrant opened on Thursday, August 8 and closed at noon on Thursday, September 5. It was executed by the Board of Selectmen on September 10th. All Town Meeting files, including the Combined Reports and Results, can be accessed here.