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DEVENS — The Harvard Board of Selectmen has asked the Finance Committee to weigh in on financial data included in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) generated by the Devens Disposition Executive Board (DDEB).

The MOU has been making the rounds among the six stakeholders including the towns of Ayer, Shirley and Harvard. To that end, the Finance Committee met with its DDEB counterpart at Devens last week.

Data the Harvard selectmen want the town’s finance experts to review and analyze is contained in a separate document attached to the MOU called the Executive Summary, Financial Model and Scenario Analysis Report. It contains maps, graphs and mock-up budget sheets for Ayer, Harvard, Shirley and the possible town of Devens. The report was prepared by the DDEB Finance Committee, one of several subcommittees.

Unlike the core MOU document that relates only to scenario 2B — Devens becomes a town and certain out-parcels are ceded to Ayer, Harvard and Shirley — the finance document sketches out both options including 1A, in which the three towns take back jurisdiction of their respective Devens property. In 2B, Harvard gets the Barnum Road area, a commercial district zoned for rail/industrial use and related trade.

However, MassDevelopment’s William Burke has said the 1,800 units stand whether Devens becomes a town or not.

Either way, some Harvard residents are skeptical of the disposition process, arguing that the pros and cons of the two scenarios have not been aired or compared. Among concerns raised at a recent public hearing was the notion that the financial trade-offs had not been assessed such as the value of Harvard land on Devens compared to the Barnum Road parcels the town gets in the 2B deal.

Then there’s the school issue. In scenario 1A, the school district could be swamped with students as the community of Devens grows along with the rest of Harvard.

At least, that is one premise. Not everybody thinks things would play out that way. Some School Committee members, among others, have said they are leery of the estimates and question the calculations used to factor in future students based on the number of children per household.

The upshot is that some residents, including a citizens’ group and selectmen Robert Eubank and Lucy Wallace, have called for slowing the process down. They want more time to look at both scenarios before making a final, binding decision.

For these and other reasons, the selectmen asked the Finance Committee to look at the numbers.

At the Devens meeting, DDEB Finance Committee Chairman Michael Boucher paged through a computer presentation and explained where figures and assumptions came from. Some of those assumptions came under scrutiny.

Harvard Finance Committee Chairman Cynthia Russo was particularly interested in seeing the spreadsheet with the figures from both scenarios. The town-building scenario assumes a municipal picture with buildings, departments and various community operations.

Speculative figures were gathered from reliable sources, Boucher said, including municipal governments in the towns. The financial template took some time to create, Boucher said, but is now do-it-yourself. Plug in a figure in one category, and the program does the rest by making adjustments across the board. But during its review, the joint group found sites where that did not happen. Pinpointing the problem, Boucher said it would be fixed.

Russo also asked for some additional data. She said it would be prudent to see the alternate option and compare the two. Rather than re-work the entire process, however, she suggested spotlighting key areas of concern such as housing, education and students per household.

The two committees agreed to meet again soon.

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