Penobscot County unanimously passes 2013 budget

Posted Nov. 15, 2012, at 5:30 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Penobscot County budget committee Wednesday night unanimously passed the nearly $12.75 million budget proposed by county commissioners for 2013.

That represents a 3.06 percent increase over last year’s budget, Scott Adkins, finance director for the county, said Thursday. The mill rate is expected to be set next month at 1.193, provided the valuation estimates do not change.

The budget figure provided Tuesday to the Bangor Daily News was about $40,000 higher because the cost for eight instead of seven new vehicles for the Penobscot County sheriff’s office were included mistakenly, Adkins said Thursday.

The budget, which generated few questions and no controversy at Wednesday night’s meeting, included a 2 percent raise for employees and a 5 percent increase in the cost of health care, County Administrator Bill Collins said Wednesday night.

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