After making a few amendments, the Rockland City Council voted unanimously June 22 to approve the $10.1 million budget.

The average homeowner in Rockland will see an increase in property taxes of about $98 this year as a result of the municipal, school and county budgets, according to Finance Director Tom Luttrell.

The city’s total appropriations including school, city and county would be more than $18 million. Of that about $3.6 million will be paid for through revenues from sources other than property taxes, leaving a total property tax commitment of $14.4 million, up 4 percent ($525,565) from last year.

The $10.1 million municipal portion of the budget is up 3.2 percent ($314,626).

The council’s action on the budget was preceded by a public hearing. Only a few city department heads, press and a very small number of citizens were present for the meeting.

The council voted on a number of minor amendments to the budget figures. They voted unanimously to put $2,160 back in the budget to pay minute takers to cover public meetings. Councilors noted that the minutes were vital in the event of legal issues and for the use of board and committee members in making their decisions.

The council voted 3-2 to put $4,400 back into the library budget to fund keeping the library open Monday evenings. Voting against the measure were Larry Pritchett and Eric Hebert.

The Monday night library hours were cut out of the budget last year.

Speaking for the hours, Councilor Elizabeth Dickerson said it gives people a warm place to be and allows them to use the Internet to hunt for jobs. Councilor Will Clayton also spoke in favor of it, saying cuts to libraries and education were the wrong way to go.

In talking about the budget as a whole, Dickerson said she thought last year was harder than this one, but this was still a tough year. She said she wishes there were no increase in property taxes.

“It’s a complex stew of issues we as a society are not very capable of solving,” she said.

Among the primary challenges she outlined were rising costs of health care and fuel.

She called for more energy efficiency and said the tough times would be an opportunity to address sustainability.

Pritchett praised the work of the city staff and department heads, saying they were working to keep their budgets flat. Other councilors also praised the staff and department heads for their efforts.

“Property tax is the bill I object to least,” Hebert said.