The COVID-19 pandemic is prompting local municipal and school administrators to look for ways to reduce the impact on taxpayers.

Rockland City Manager Tom Luttrell said Tuesday he expects to send out a new budget schedule by the end of the week with revised numbers for the budget.

"We are working on a zero percent increase in the municipal budget. We are predicting our revenues to take a big hit and are adjusting other items to lower the tax impact," Luttrell said April 28.

The original 2020-2021 budget submitted March 2 by the manager called for an increase in spending of 3.4 percent to cover additional road paving as well as to cover loan repayments on previously voter-approved bond issues.

The originally proposed $14.1 million budget would have resulted in a property tax increase of about $73 for a person who owns a home assessed at $150,000.

The superintendent of Regional School Unit 13 said a proposed 2020-2021 RSU 13 budget will go to the board by the end of May.

"We are working hard to present a budget that has a minimal, or ideally, zero tax impact. There are many factors still at play, but we are sensitive to the economic impact the pandemic has had on businesses and the taxpayer," Superintendent John McDonald said.

The 2019-2020 budget approved by voters last year was $31,176,500.

The district was preparing to release the budget earlier this month when the COVID-19 outbreak struck.

RSU 13 covers Rockland, Thomaston, Owls Head, South Thomaston, and Cushing.