Plymouth County: Commissioners cut jobs, plan for more cuts

During the Plymouth County commissioners meeting Thursday, County Treasurer Tom O’Brien reported a projected deficit of $213,000 for the current fiscal year that ends June 30th. County Administrator Brian McDonald presented the commissioners $72,000 in cuts of 25  part-time employees. Commissioners approved that plan.

The county also expected revenue of $1.2 million from the sale of land to the Town of Plymouth. Plymouth Town Meeting rejected the deal. Commissioner John Riordan told fellow commissioners, if the county shut its doors today it would not have enough money to pay its obligations.

Although County Commissioners repeatedly used the $1.2 million amount, the question on the Plymouth Town Meeting warrant set the purchase amount at $1 million.

“It has a serious financial impact on the county,” Riordan said of the failed land sale. “We’re doing the best we can to proceed with an alternative sale for that land. Whether it takes place this fiscal year is going to be very hard to achieve.”

Commissioner Tony O’Brien had more optimism, as did County Treasurer Tom O’Brien (no relationship). The treasurer anticipates an $800,000 payment from the state to cover past due rent for the Plymouth courthouse building.

Chairman Sandra Wright expressed no opinion. Without the land sale, the prospects for the fiscal year that begins the first day of July look even gloomier. Administrator McDonald will present the commissioners further cuts for 2012 and a plan for the 2013 fiscal year at the next meeting, Thursday, May 3.

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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.