Plymouth: County Commissioners to Discuss Budget Thursday Night

Greg Hanley, Sandra Wright, Dan Pallotta, Administrative Assistant Nancy O’Rourke, County Administrator Frank Basler

Greg Hanley, Sandra Wright, Dan Pallotta, Administrative Assistant Nancy O’Rourke, County Administrator Frank Basler

 

In Plymouth tonight, County Commissioners will discuss the budget for next year. In that budget, Commissioners Sandra Wright, Greg Hanley and Dan Pallotta are almost doubling their salary. This—for part-time work.

The pay raise is labeled a reinstatement and calls for an increase for the Commissioners from their current annual salary of $15,000 to $28,000.

At the meeting tonight, County Administrator Frank Basler says public comment is likely when “Commissioners will take up the budget. I do know last year they did have an open session for public comment. I know the Commissioners always welcome that as do I.”

Back when Dan Pallotta chaired the County Advisory Board — a group consisting of representatives of the 27 communities that make up Plymouth County — he slashed the pay of the Commissioners to $7,500 —the lowest allowed by state statute.

But later, two years after Pallotta was elected County Commissioner, he raised the pay of the Commissioners to $15,000.

The taxpayers of the 27 communities contribute to the pay of the Commissioners based on their assessed real estate value. This amounts to a contribution of 15% or $1.54 million of the total budget.

Commissioners meet tonight at 5:30 p.m. at their offices on Obery Street.

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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.