Plymouth: Town Meeting Approves $225M FY ’18 Budget, Says No to Civil Service Change

Selectman Chair Ken Tavares addresses Town Meeting

Selectmen Chairman Ken Tavares addresses Town Meeting


Plymouth Town Meeting approved an FY ’18 operating budget of over $225 million, authorized funding of $3 million to construct South High School playing fields, and OKed all CPC articles, but did not get through all the warrant articles.

Town Moderator Steven Triffletti says although the budget was approved, Town Meeting was independent.

“They did not go with the recommended budget but rather Town Meeting voted to decrease the Department of Public Works budget by a $140,000,” said Triffletti.

Because there were no Civil Service tested applicants for Deputy Fire Chief, town officials proposed removing the Fire Chief and Deputy Chief from the requirements of Civil Service, but Town Meeting disagreed.

“I think that the debate and deliberation on Article 11 was important,” said Town Manager Melissa Arrighi. ”Now, the firefighters said that six men and women have signed up from the Plymouth Fire Department to take the test, and I truly hope that it produces a viable test so I can select the next Deputy Chief out of that list.”

Concerning the request for an additional $3.1 million for synthetic turf ball fields at South High School, there was a motion by Precinct 10 Rep Alan Costello to reduce it to $1.5, but Moderator Triffleti says “that motion was defeated and Town Meeting overwhelmingly voted to fund the requested funds.”

Town Meeting continues Monday at 7 PM at North High School.

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