Public hearing on Knox County budget set for tonight

By Stephen Betts | Dec 06, 2018
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Rockland — A formal public hearing and final votes are scheduled for tonight on the proposed 2019 Knox County budget.

The proposed nearly $10.9 million spending package shows little change from the 2018 budget approved last year.

The package is trimmed from the initial draft budget of $11.5 million released in late September.

The public hearing begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the commissioners room on the lower level of the Knox County Courthouse.

The Knox County Budget Committee and the Knox County commissioners will then vote on the proposal. The only difference between the recommendations of the two boards is that the commissioners support contributing $15,000 to the Midcoast Economic Development District.

The largest expense for the county is the jail, with a proposed budget of nearly $3.9 million.

The sheriff's patrol budget is proposed at nearly $2,242,000.

The communications budget is slightly more than $1.2 million.

The proposed airport budget is $594,000, but the airport also takes in revenues of $501,000, to require only about $92,000 from property owners in the county.

Camden will pay the largest share of the county budget, at $1,497,000, about $80,000 more than in 2018.

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