There hasn’t been an increase in recording fees since 1981, and the income that is received by the Registry goes to the state, according to Plymouth County Register of Deeds John Buckley:
“All of our money presently goes to the Commonwealth, for the most part.Ninety percent of our deeds excise –seventy-five percent of our recording fees goes to the General Fund.”
So, Buckley and the Plymouth County Commissioners, as well as the Treasurer, are in support of legislation initiated by the Norfolk County Commissioners—they propose a recording fee increase of ten dollars for each document filed.
But, Plymouth County officials see this only as a good first step and have requested an amendment to Norfolk County’s proposal.
Buckley explained,“The County Commissioners and I and Tom O’Brien have signed a letter that we would support the increase if half went to the County for community services and half went to the Registry for Registry services.”
Norfolk County’s proposed bill as well as Plymouth County’s modification is being considered at this time by state officials