Building a Democratic Slate for the 2023 Municipal Elections

We’re in. Are you?

What kind of town do you want?

We want a welcoming community. A place where everyone from young people to senior citizens can live and small businesses can thrive. We want schools that are truly safe for all our students, that challenge and support them on their journeys toward becoming their best selves. And we want a great value which comes from having smart management.

We’re in. We’ve been in. But we can’t do it alone. We get the town that we make.

There’s a municipal election coming in November.

The DTC invites you to learn about these elected positions by reading below. If you are interested in joining our slate or participation in the election, please contact the DTC’s vacancy Committee by emailing

Board of Selectmen: The Board of Selectmen is the executive arm of our town government. The BOS calls town meetings, proposes budgets, sets public policy, sets fees, creates regulations and ordinances and appoints members to local boards and commissions.

Board of Finance: The primary responsibility of the Board of Finance is the preparation of the annual budget in accordance with a process that is set out in the Town Charter. The board is responsible for providing an annual independent audit of the books and accounts of the Town. It also considers requests for special appropriations, additional capital projects, and budget transfers during the year. The BOF provides oversight and guidance in all financial affairs of the Town. Regular meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Board of Education: The Board of Education is responsible for hiring and supervising the Superintendent of Schools, creating school district policies, approving and guiding curriculum and creating an annual budget proposal to run the day-to-day operations of the Town’s schools. Regular meetings are the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Planning Commission: The Planning Commission will formulate a town wide plan of development; review and approve/disapprove all subdivisions, whether residential, commercial or industrial. The Commission has responsibility for long range capital improvements. Meets the 1st Thursday of each month.

Zoning Commission: The Zoning Commission is responsible for the implementation of plan of development through zoning regulations; design review of industrial and commercial applications. The commission reviews and makes decisions on multi-family projects. Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.

Board of Assessment Appeals: This board holds meetings in March, to hear Real Estate, Personal Property and Supplemental Motor Vehicle appeals. They hold meetings in September for Motor Vehicle appeals.

Board of Zoning Appeals: The board has the authority to vary the application of the zoning regulations in harmony with their general purpose and intent. The board bases their decisions on considerations for conserving the public health, safety, convenience, welfare, and property values. The Zoning Board of Appeals also considers appeals to decisions of the Zoning Enforcement Officer. Meets the 1st Monday of each month.

Town Clerk: The Town Clerk is elected biennially on a partisan basis. The Clerk is the chief Election Official and as such is responsible for election procedures, registration of new voters, and recording at Town Meetings. The Town Clerk is also the registrar of vital statistics, records, and legal documents such as land transfers and deeds. He or she also issues marriage licenses, burial permits, and dog, kennel, beekeeping and sportsman licenses. Other duties of this office include filing the dates of the Town board meetings, filing survey and subdivision maps, and issuing liquor permits.

Treasurer: The Treasurer of Brookfield is an elected, salaried official. Any expenditure made by the Treasurer must be authorized by the budget. The Treasurer is responsible for borrowing and investing Town money in as profitable a manner as possible. The decision as to which banks are used is left to the Treasurer. Idle funds are invested. To protect the money and avoid legal risk, legal limitations are imposed as to the type of investment.

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