The City Council on July 17 approved a 2018-19 city budget with a bottom line up $64,357 from last year, or 1.2 percent.

The budget is expected to result in a mil rate of 22.9, or $22.90 in property tax for every $1,000 of property value, returning to the 2016-17 rate after dropping down to 21.9 mils last year. The mil rate includes county and school taxes and a 0.47-percent overlay for property tax abatements.

City, county and school taxes account for roughly 31 percent, 9 percent and 60 percent, respectively, of property tax bills. Belfast's share of county taxes increased by 6.5 percent this year. Regional School Unit 71 costs went up 3.8 percent.

Increases to the city's $9.9 million budget totaled $590,210, slightly outpacing revenue, which increased by $525,853.

Bottom lines went up in most departments, owing to small salary increases and a 12-percent jump in the cost of employee benefits. The addition of a new deputy police chief position chief contributed to an increase of $95,631 or 8.4 percent in the police department budget.

Debt service increased by $186,000 owing to planned construction of a new Public Works complex and solar farm, along with a new fuel farm at the airport, most of the cost of which will eventually be refunded by the Federal Aviation Administration.

New revenue would include $98,000 from the sale of a former Front Street parking lot to Front Street Shipyard, $40,000 in savings from the solar field on Pitcher Road and $277,831 more than last year withdrawn from surplus.

The council unanimously approved the budget, 4-0. Councilor Eric Sanders was not present.