BANGOR, Maine — The Penobscot County budget committee will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday to consider a proposed budget of nearly $12.8 million for 2013.
That is an increase of 3.41 percent over 2012, according to documents provided by the county commissioners office.
If passed, the mill rate for the county would be at 1.197 per $1,000 assessed valuation.
Most of the increase in the budget can be attributed to proposed 2 percent employee raises and contractual obligations, County Administrator Bill Collins said Tuesday.
Payroll totals more than $5.3 million, or 55 percent, of the annual budget, he said.
After several years of double-digit increases for the cost of health care for employees, the proposed budget reflects an increase of just 5 percent for health care, Collins said.
He attributed that smaller increase to a 12-week weight loss and fitness program sponsored by the Bangor Y. Thirty-five county employees participated and lost a total of 439 pounds.