Plymouth Town Meeting wrapped up business Monday night, and, in the process, rejected $1 million in budget cuts recommended by the Board of Selectmen. In saying no to the Board’s budget cutting measures, Town Meeting essentially supported the budget submitted by Town Manager Mark Stankiewicz:
“Basically the budget was passed as it was presented in January and it was supported by the Finance Committee and the School Committee.”
On an amendment by Town Meeting member Pat McCarthy, the DPW’s solid waste budget was reduced from about $3 million to about $1.2 million. There was a purpose to this vote, according to Town Moderator Steven Triffletti
:“Town Meeting also voted to decrease the budget so as to send a message to the Board of Selectmen regarding curbside pickup.”The amendment’s proponent Pat McCarthy regarding curbside pickup: “It should be fully vetted before we set aside that type of money for something that we really don’t know what it’s going to cost or how good it’s going to be implemented.” Town Meeting member Mike Withington summed up the debate by telling the group that they should not have to pay before they throw or pay before they know.