ROCKLAND, Maine — Wednesday night, the Rockland City Council unanimously approved an $18 million budget for next year. This means owners of an average $165,000 property will see an increase of about $100 in taxes. The new mill rate has not been set, but it will be about $18.60 per $1,000 of home value. The amount is 40 cents higher than the current mill rate.
Rockland residents won’t see any major changes in city services, according to city manager Rosemary Kulow.
For their preliminary budgets, the city overestimated the cost of its schools. Now that the actual school district budget numbers are in, the city council dropped the budget by that extra amount, which was about $68,500. Because of this savings, the council was able to give about $4,400 to the library so it may again have Monday night hours. The city had to cut those hours last year because of budget constraints. The council was also able to add in $2,000 to pay people who take board and committee meeting minutes in the city.
The total city budget is $18,096,972. When city revenues are accounted for the burden to local taxpayers is $14,444,745, which is about $550,000 more than last year.