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2012 Town Meeting Results - Day Three

Town Meeting discusses two articles proposed by high schoolers, and brings back the question of Brookline's place in Norfolk County.

Town Meeting returned to the remaining , and beginning the evening with articles 12 and 23, proposed by  students. Brookline also voted to get itself out of Norfolk County, but will not move to abolish the county government.

  • Article 12: Raise Tobacco Sales Age to 19 – Favorable Action
  • Article 28: Clean Construction Standards – Favorable Action
  • Article 23: Contraflow Bike Lanes – Referred to Transportation Board
  • Article 24: Removal from Norfolk County – Favorable Action
  • Article 25: Resolution-Abolishment of Norfolk County Government –No Action
  • Article 26: Resolution on Runkle School – No Action
  • Article 29: Resolution on a Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Citizens United – Favorable Action

Town meeting is now over until the fall Special Town Meeting. 

Lyn Baker May 30, 2012 at 03:50 PM
If Brookline is out of Norfolk Cty., does that raise or lower my property taxes? I have a residence on Hammond Street in Chestnut Hill.
Grahame Turner May 31, 2012 at 03:25 AM
That's a really good question. At the moment, I am not certain, would have to confirm with some sources. My understanding is that, for now, the town isn't out yet. Officials must first petition the Commonwealth to get out. When (if?) the town does get out, it will no longer pay the $700,000 to the county government. Don't quote me on this, but my guess is that, at that point, the $700k savings will go into other town projects, other line items on the budget. So, (again my guess )is that property taxes will remain the same. Does that help? As I said, there are details I need to confirm first.
Mark Izeman May 31, 2012 at 09:01 PM
If Brrokline is allowed to leave Norfolk County and if the Town would lower the tax rate rather than spend the $700,000+, yes property taxes could be reduced. Kudos to Fred Lebow and the Town Meeting Members who voted to leave Norfold County.
Nate Silva January 04, 2013 at 06:04 PM
So if Brookline does indeed decide to leave Norfolk county, what will it's new status become? Newly added town to Suffolk County? Middlesex County? The Town and County of Brookline? Just curious, thanks!

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