Plymouth: Selectmen question County Budget

Plymouth Selectmen do not rubber-stamp proposed FY 2015 County Budget and, instead raise questions about the lack of detail in the budget. In reviewing the County budget at their meeting this week, Town Manager Melissa Arrighi says the Board of Selectmen looked at it from a public finance background, and the majority of the Board thought the budget was incomplete: 

“So they felt it was important that they had Lynne Barrett our Finance Director just take a cursory look at it and see if they missed something and there was more information in there than they realized.”

Also, the Select Board would like to hear from a County representative: 

“Chairman Tavares said he felt it was important and the other Selectmen agreed that we have the Commissioners, or at least the County Administrator come to the next Selectmen’s meeting and explain what are the monthly expenditures to date, where are some of the revenue sources that should be in there, what are some of the expenses that we’re not seeing in the budget, but that we know are coming up for the County.” 

The County Advisory Board, consists of representatives from the 27 communities in the County. They meet on June 19th to vote on the this budget.

The votes of Advisory Board members are weighted and Plymouth has the highest valued vote followed by Brockton andHingham.  When the votes are taken at the meeting they’re counted by those values.

Cover of the County Budget proposal. Photo by Bobbi Clark/WATD

Cover of the County Budget proposal. Photo by Bobbi Clark/WATD

About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.