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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rockland council approves budget, resident tax hike

ROCKLAND, Maine — The City Council has approved a $17.6 million preliminary budget for next year that would mean a 6.3 percent overall tax hike for Rockland residents. The budget passed Wednesday night would cost the average homeowner about $180 more in taxes next year.
The proposal will go to a public hearing, scheduled for 7 p.m. June 23, after which the council anticipates taking a final budget vote.

At the Wednesday meeting, councilors voted to put $28,286 back in the budget for six months of salary for a full-time police officer’s position now vacant. They also approved $56,250 to fund a reserve account for purchase of an ambulance. The council moved $25,670 from a reserve account and cut $57,000 from paving ac-counts so the town instead could keep two full-time public works workers’ salaries.

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