Knox County budget approved

By Juliette Laaka | Dec 05, 2013

Rockland — The proposed 2014 Knox County budget, totaling $9.6 million, was unanimously approved by the Knox County Commission and budget committee Thursday, Dec. 5.

The budget is 1 percent less than last year's approved figure, down about $84,000, and will require a slightly lower tax commitment from county municipalities.

Knox County Commission and budget committee met Oct. 24 to first present the spending package.

A total of $2.7 million in revenue, mostly from the Registry of Deeds will offset the tax commitment to $6.5 million, down 1.2 percent from the 2013 budget of $6.6 million. Registry of Deeds takes in nearly $500,000 each year.

Knox County Administrator Andrew Hart said 16 towns saw less valuation by the state. The exceptions to the lower state valuation were Thomaston and Owls Head, he said. All towns in the county are expected to pay less than last year's commitment.

Municipal tax commitment to the county:

Appleton will pay $149,568, a decrease of 0.3 percent.

Camden will pay $1,207,263, a decrease of 0. 8 percent.

Cushing will pay $283,655, a decrease of 0.7 percent.

Friendship will pay $267,695, a decrease of 0.8 percent.

Hope will pay $213,409, a decrease of 0.5 percent.

Isle au Haut will pay $79,369, a decrease of 1.1 percent.

Matinicus will pay $34,709 a decrease of 1 percent.

North Haven will pay $452,217, a decrease of 1.1 percent.

Owls Head will pay $343,750, a decrease of 0.7 percent.

Rockland will pay $884,394, a decrease of 0.4 percent.

Rockport will pay $961,846, a decrease of 0.9 percent.

St. George will pay $811,368, a decrease of 0.9 percent.

South Thomaston will pay $365,992, a decrease of 0.6 percent.

Thomaston will pay $365,992,  a decrease of 0.4 percent.

Union will pay $268,696, a decrease of 0.3 percent.

Vinalhaven will pay $512,988, a decrease of 1.2 percent.

Warren will pay $378,247, a decrease of 0.2 percent.

Washington will pay $170,442, a decrease of 0.3 percent.

These potential costs incurred by county towns includes the county tax and dispatch fees.

The county's proposed administration and information technology budget totals $505,902, up from $446,925 from last year. Nearly $200,000 goes to employee salary.

The county commissioners receive $21,357, and County Administrator Andrew Hart will receive $82,735 if the new budget is accepted. His salary is up 3.5 percent from $79,898 last year.

The District Attorney's Office will be apportioned $396,938, from $391,370 approved last year.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office is proposed to receive more than $1.6 million, down from $1.7 million from last year. Sheriff Donna Dennison's salary is proposed to increase 1.5 percent to $69,522.

The jail will continue to be funded at a capped rate of about $3.5 million. Hart said the jail has been flat funded by the county since 2008, as mandated by state law.

The airport is expected to receive $134,618 from the county, up 99.6 percent from last year due to the decrease of federal reimbursement from the Transportation Security Administration for security measures, said Hart.

The regional communications fees budget totals a little more than $1 million, with 911 services receiving $681,147 and dispatch services totaling $335,490. This department's budget is up by 3 percent.

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