Plymouth County: Commissioners offer regional real estate valuation services

The new board of Plymouth County Commissioners received pay raises on promises of greater savings through regionalization. They took a second step towards earning that raise Thursday evening.

Two weeks ago, commissioners announced the county had enlisted several municipal housing authorities, in and out of the county, to participate in regional procurement of services. Thursday, they signed a contract to offer regional real estate valuation services to any municipality choosing to participate.

By state law, every city and town must re-value real property before assessing property taxes. Most cities and towns do so with a combination of municipal and contractual work. Plymouth County now offers a multi-municipality contract that will save participants money because of the larger volume buy.

County Treasurer Tom O’Brien projects county government will exceed its estimate of revenue from sources such as these.

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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.