BANGOR, Maine — The Penobscot County commissioners on Tuesday approved a nearly $16 million budget for next year.
About $12.76 million of that will be raised by taxes from county residents. The remainder will be raised by revenue, including income from communities that contract with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office for police coverage.
That is an increase of $389,691, or 3.15 percent over 2012, according to figures provided by the county treasurer’s office. Expenses increased by 3.09 percent, while revenue was up 2.55 percent.
The budget includes raises for employees and an increase in the cost of benefits, County Administrator Bill Collins said Wednesday.
The mill rate is expected to be set next month at 1.193, provided the valuation estimates do not change, Collins said.
The commissioners also decided Tuesday to hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, because Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on their regular meeting day this year.