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.