ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Commissioners held a public hearing on Sept. 25 on the proposed FY ’20 $8.4-million budget, but there was no public comment.
The budget contains nearly a 5 percent increase, which is largely due to higher wages, according to County Administrator Scott Adkins.
Several members of the Budget Advisory Committee attended the hearing.
The committee will review the proposed budget, meeting most Wednesdays in October, in order to suggest cuts or increases to the commissioners.
The committee is largely composed of selectmen and town managers as well as Cave Hill School Principal Brenda Jordan. There is also a legislative delegate: State Rep. Nicole Grohoski (D-Ellsworth).
Other members of the advisory committee include Stonington Town Manager Kathleen Billings, Orland Selectman Ed Rankin Sr., Surry Selectman Betsy Armstrong, Bucksport Town Councilor Paul Bissonnette, Lamoine Selectman Jo Cooper, Ellsworth City Councilor Dawn Hudson, Trenton Selectman Fred Ehrlenbach and Ian Schwartz of Mount Desert.