Public hearing, vote set on Rockland budget Monday

Posted June 21, 2013, at 12 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The public can have a final say on the proposed $10.6 million Rockland municipal budget before the city council adopts the spending package.

A public hearing has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at city hall. Following that hearing, the council will vote on the package that will require no additional property taxes.

City Manager James Smith unveiled his budget six weeks ago and the council has made no significant changes in it since it was proposed.

The $10,647,576 proposal eliminates a maintenance position at the recreation department and cuts a vacant police department secretary position. Savings are also realized by changes in the labor union contracts that shift more health insurance costs to employees.

The largest department in the city budget is the police department account at $1.98 million. The public works budget is slightly less than $1.6 million and the fire department budget is more than $1.5 million.

The city manager projected last month that with the added school costs, the property tax rate will rise 2 percent. The projected tax rate for the upcoming year is $19.82, up 40 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. A person owning a home assessed at $150,000 will pay an additional $60.

The 2012-2013 budget was also $10.6 million.

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