The Plymouth County Advisory Board met with town representatives from the South Shore on Thursday night during their annual meeting to vote on the upcoming fiscal year county budget.
A $9.5 million budget was approved for fiscal year 2012, a substantial decrease in comparison to last years’ budget of $10.5 million.
Chairman Dan Pallotta spoke about one of the biggest cuts they’ve been forced to make in recent years.
“The county employees have not had an increase in their pay in three years. We don’t have the money to do it, it’s not a good situation with the increase in costs. They’re actually going backwards,” said Pallotta.
Pallotta is confident that expenses will continue to decline.
“Our budget is a million dollars less than two years ago and we’re going to be at a point where we should be pretty well off as the real estate slowly turns around,” said Pallotta.
The upcoming fiscal year begins July 1st.