PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — City councilors earlier this month set the tax rate to remain flat at 23.5 mills, making adjustments to the 2012 municipal budget in order to keep the figure the same as last year’s rate.
Taxpayers will be assessed bills of $23.50 per $1,000 of valuation.
The move came after City Manager Jim Bennett told councilors that in order to keep the tax rate flat, they needed to make cuts to the budget. This was because the actual taxable value of the city declined over what the council estimated it would be, and also because the tax paid to Aroostook County increased by $30,351.
Bennett and the councilors reduced the budget by $145,974 in order to hold the tax rate. This was accomplished by money being cut from various departments, including human resources, city buildings and the airport.
Councilors agreed unanimously to set the tax rate at 23.5 mills.