Plymouth County: Future of Charter Commission remains a mystery to commission members

Two years ago, the creation of a Charter Commission was approved by Plymouth County voters.  With nineteen members, the commission was given the task of designing a set of rules for county government.

The commission successfully drafted a charter that intends to salvage Plymouth County government. However, the charter didn’t get passed by the legislature in time to make it on to this year’s ballot.

So the question remains, is the commission still able to meet if members were only elected to a two-year term?

The commission met Tuesday night and was able to get half way through their agenda before commission member Dan Pallotta put a halt to discussion, “I think you need to just take a deep breath, get a legal opinion, and move on.”

The commission voted to seek the opinion of legal counsel from the state legislature before they ended their meeting early.

Pallotta says the fate of the proposed charter could go one of two ways depending on the opinion they receive, “If we’re in existence we’re going to try and push the charter through for a vote in two years, up or down, and if we’re not in business we did it our best shot and it’ll be up to another generation to try and do what we achieve.”

The proposed charter for Plymouth County government allows the county to take a larger share of revenue from the Registry of Deeds in hopes of building up the county’s bank account and it also gives towns the opportunity to regionalize.

The commission is hoping to push the proposed charter through the State House during the legislature’s next session which starts in January. They tentatively scheduled a January meeting to discuss moving forward but the meeting is dependent on the opinion of legal counsel.

About Trisha McNeilly

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.