Plymouth County: First-ever charter is drafted and now heads to the State House

After eighteen months, the Plymouth County Charter Study Commission produced a final draft of the county’s own constitution. Though the new rules and regulations have yet to be approved by the State House or county residents, the document helps individual towns save money through regionalization.

Tuesday night, Charter Commissioner Ted Bosen explained they reworked the Registry of Deeds revenue split and decreased the state’s 80% share. With a new formula adding extra revenue to the local budget, regional programs can be introduced.

“We can come to SEMASS or some other disposal facility and say ‘this is the deal.’ Why town by town? Many towns are getting into the energy business themselves, we could do it as a county and we could save every town lots of money,” said Bosen

Currently, the Board of County Commissioners sits three, but the new and first-ever charter calls for five: three at large and two district commissioners.

According to Bosen, the 27 towns will be split into coastline and inland districts, “There are many towns with water and there are other towns that just have inland resources and they’ve been different. Historically, it’s been the higher population centers that have controlled county government. This way, there’s going to be a voice from all over the county.”

Bosen further explained more commissioners will also design a stable form of government with staggered elections.

If the state approves the charter, Plymouth County residents will give the final stamp of approval in November.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.