The proposed 2019-2020 Rockland municipal budget includes $125,000 to update property assessments throughout the city.

The money is included in the proposed capital improvement plan budget for the city.

This would not be a full-scale revaluation, which was last done in 2005. But the city would contract with a firm that would examine the exterior of all properties and analyze two years' worth of sales.

"While our last state valuation showed our assessments to be within the state's standards, there have been many changes in the market since 2005, including the real estate bubble, the bursting of that bubble, and now the rebounding from the crash," states the budget request message.

The city manager is recommending that the so-called equalization of assessments be paid over a five-year period.

Notices would be sent to homeowners after the assessments are adjusted, and then hearings would be held for anyone who asked for one.

The first budget review by the City Council is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1. The council is scheduled to review the budgets for the fire department, emergency medical services, general government, tax office, executive office, assessment, harbor and waterfront, and general assistance.

Subsequent budget reviews are scheduled for the following three Wednesday evenings at City Hall.

The city manager's proposed overall budget for 2019-2020 totals about $13.4 million, a decrease of about 1.5 percent ($218,000).

The largest account in the budget is public services, which is proposed at $2.8 million, down 11 percent. The decrease is because a large trash hauler stopped using the transfer station, and instead takes the trash to Ecomaine. That decrease in expense is offset by a loss of revenues from the hauler.

The police department budget is proposed at more than $2.1 million, an increase of 1.5 percent.

The fire department budget is proposed at about $2.1 million, an increase of 3.4 percent.

The general government budget is proposed at more than $2.5 million, an increase of 1.8 percent.

The debt service budget is unchanged at $1.25 million.

The library budget is proposed to rise 1.2 percent to $608,000.

The harbor budget is proposed at $441,000, down 1 percent. Luttrell said revenues were down $11,000 in the harbor department because of fewer scheduled visits by large cruise ships for the upcoming summer.