Brookline seeks volunteers to serve on override study committee

Brookline’s selectmen are seeking volunteers to serve on a committee that will study whether a vote on a Proposition 2½ tax increase will be needed to support the town’s budget in fiscal 2019. The Override Study Committee’s work will include reviewing the town’s long-range budget projections, school enrollment estimates, and the expected costs for work at the high school and construction of a ninth elementary school, according to the board’s draft charge. The committee is expected to issue a written report of its findings and recommendations on whether an override will be needed to support the fiscal 2019 budget, which starts on July 1, 2018. The board will include representatives from selectmen, the School Committee, and the town’s fiscal Advisory Committee. The remaining members will be appointed by town officials. Residents who are interested in serving on the new Override Study Committee are asked to send an application and resume by Aug. 31. For more information, go to www.brooklinema.gov. The town last formed an override study committee in 2014. That board recommended a permanent tax increase of about $7.6 million, as well as a temporary tax increase to fund work at the Devotion School. Brookline voters approved the tax increases on the May 2015 ballot.


John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com