Finance Department

4/3/2020 - COVID-19 Update

Governor Baker signed Bill H4617 on Friday, April 3, 2020. The Select Board adopted that the Town allow for the deferral of payments on real estate, personal property, motor vehicle excise, water/sewer and refuse bills with due dates on or after March 10, 2020 and made after their respective due dates but before June 30, 2020.

3/16/2020 - COVID-19 Announcement

In response to the COVID-19 state of emergency, the Finance Department has transitioned to remote operations.  We will be checking our voicemail and email regularly, and will respond as soon as practicable. Due to the volume of phone calls and email we are receiving, we ask that you bear with us as we work through this unprecedented event.

You can pay real estate, excise, water, refuse, and personal property taxes online here using an e-check or credit card. You can also drop payments in the locked drop-box in front of Town Hall, or you can mail payments via U.S. mail to the P.O. Box written on the bill. Payments can also be made over the phone by calling 1-844-234-3779.


The Finance Department is responsible for directing and monitoring all financial operations, which include the offices of the Assessor, Comptroller, Payroll Division, Purchasing Agent, and Treasurer/Collector.

Responsibilities include the receipt, disbursement, and investment of Town and Retirement Board funds; the billing and collection of all taxes due; the borrowing of money; maintaining the fiscal records and systems of the Town; adhering to all internal and external financial reporting requirements; administering the Town’s centralized procurement processes; processing payrolls; and managing commercial/industrial and residential property values and maintaining an extensive database of property information.

All credit card payments made at Town Hall or online will be charged a non-refundable convenience fee by our credit card processor. However, this convenience fee does not apply for the payment of the water/sewer bill. The Town of Brookline receives no portion of this fee.

  • The fee for using credit cards is 2.95% with a minimum charge of $1.00.
  • The fee for using electronic checks is $0.40.

The convenience fee will appear as a separate charge from the bill amount on your credit card or bank statement. Water/Sewer Bills are Exempt from Convenience Fee.

Online Bill Pay

Call Brookline’s 24-Hour Payment Line at 844-234-3779 (convenience fee charges apply) 

Financial Reports

Through the Financial Reports Center, you can access annual budgets and capital improvement plans, audited financial statements, credit rating agency reports, official statements, actuarial reports, and Town fiscal policies. Check out the most recent Moody’s Credit Report (PDF) that reaffirmed Brookline’s Aaa credit rating.

Additional Information

For questions related to real estate taxes, personal property taxes, motor vehicle excise taxes, water or refuse bills, please email the treasurer.