Plymouth Annual Spring Town Meeting completed its business in one day, Saturday. It approved a $173 million budget. It approved two controversial bylaw changes – requiring developers post signs on their sites advertising upcoming zoning board meetings and a restriction on displaying animals that effectively bans wild animals in circuses visiting Plymouth.
The Meeting scheduled three additional nights because of the extensive debate expected on two questions – and a project that will renovate the 1820 courthouse in the center of downtown and build a new town hall behind it. Town meeting approved both questions.
Some Town Meeting Representatives warned that continuing to approve town employee contracts without scrutiny could cause disaster in the future when pensions come due.
The Courthouse/Town Hall project will preserve and important historic structure using $5 million of community preservation funds and build a new town hall for $30 million paid for with a new meals tax.