Ellsworth by the numbers: City releases annual report

ELLSWORTH — The city released its annual report earlier this summer, a snapshot of the Before Times, as many have dubbed the era before COVID-19 upended life all over the world.

“The many accomplishments as outlined in the FY2019 Annual Report now seem like a distant memory,” City Manager David Cole wrote in a letter accompanying the 97-page document.

“Certainly 2019 was another solid year for the city of Ellsworth, with a growing population, continued economic expansion, and another busy construction season. This, however, has all been eclipsed by the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought us one of the greatest health care challenges in generations, an economic downturn of unknown duration and severity, and social unrest across our country.”

The report again omitted salaries of city staff, a decision made last year to cut down on staff time in preparing the document.

“We looked at what other towns include, and we were providing way more information than was required,” Cole said last year, adding that, “All of that information is still publicly available.”

Here are few figures from the 2019 report, which includes letters from department heads, local nonprofits and elected officials:

  • $12,158: The amount the nonprofit Ellsworth Housing Authority paid to the city in lieu of taxes in 2019.
  • 9,057: The number of real estate and personal property tax bills mailed out.
  • $389,979: Amount of fees collected by the Code Enforcement Office.
  • 629: The number of requests for service the Ellsworth Fire Department responded to.
  • 9,256: The amount of fuel sold, in gallons, to boaters at the city’s Harbor Park and Marina.
  • 83,000: The number of people who visited the Ellsworth Public Library.
  • $40,139,178: The city’s total long-term debt at the end of the fiscal year. Roughly half of the debt is for the School Department; the rest is split between road construction projects, construction of the Moore Community Center and Knowlton Park and refinancing and financial software.
  • 7,501: The number of calls for service received by the Ellsworth Police Department, including 705 vehicle crashes, seven drug overdose complaints and 106 calls about domestic incidents.
  • 230,000,000: Gallons of wastewater treated by the Ellsworth Wastewater Department.
  • 922: The number of students enrolled at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School.
  • 24: The number of gold medals taken home by students from Hancock County Technical Center who participated in the State of Maine SkillsUSA competition.
  • 43: The number of homeroom teachers at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School.
  • 485: The number of students enrolled at Ellsworth High School.
  • 56: Percentage of voters who turned out for the November 2018 municipal elections.
Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Bar Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]

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