Oak Bluffs voters will decide next month whether to approve additional funding for a new town hall project.

At their meeting Tuesday, selectmen voted to put a request for $1.3 million in additional funds on a Nov. 13 special town meeting warrant. The board also will call a special election with a Proposition 2 1/2 debt exclusion question for the extra spending. The election will be held on Nov. 15.

Both questions will need approval for the project to go forward.

Voters appropriated $7.8 million for the town hall project at the annual town meeting last spring. But two rounds of bids came in over budget early this summer, leaving the town $1.3 million short on the long-planned project.

Since then selectmen have been sharply divided over how to proceed, with board member Brian Packish advocating to wait for the annual town meeting.

On Tuesday Mr. Packish said a special town meeting plus a special election was a compromise he could accept.

“We have an opportunity to vote again [at the election],” he said. “It seemed like the ballot added some level of transparency, some level of additional opportunity for people to participate.”

Spending for a roof repair project at the Oak Bluffs School will also appear on the special town meeting warrant.

In other business Tuesday, selectmen accepted a job classification plan, the second step in a three-phase project to reorganize the way town employees are paid. The plan was prepared by consultant Don Jacobs. The third step, determining compensation levels for the different job classifications, is expected to be completed and ready for a vote at the annual town meeting in April.

The board approved the recommendation of the town shellfish committee to hire Charles Fisher as a full-time deputy shellfish constable, and Sonja Amanda Josephson as a year-round part time constable. Both appointments are to fill recent vacancies in the shellfish department.