$9.57 million Knox County budget sails to approval

Posted Dec. 06, 2013, at 11:24 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The proposed $9,570,000 Knox County budget for 2014 gained unanimous approval Thursday night.

Both the Knox County Commissioners and Knox County Budget Committee gave approval following a 30-minute meeting held at the courthouse.

The budget is nearly the same as the 2013 budget and will require less money from Knox County communities. The approved budget was trimmed slightly from the budget submitted nearly two months ago by Administrator Andrew Hart.

Camden remains the largest taxpayer to Knox County because of its high property valuation. Camden will pay nearly $1.2 million to the county, about $21,000 less than the community paid in 2013.

Rockport will pay about $15,000 less for a total of $955,000; and Rockland will pay $7,000 less for a total of $881,000.

The largest account in the county budget is for the jail, proposed at nearly $3.6 million. The sheriff’s patrol budget is proposed at nearly $1.9 million. The Knox County Regional Communications budget comes in at a recommended $1 million.

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