ROCKLAND, Maine — The Knox County commissioners last week voted to set the 2009 tax rate at 87 cents per $1,000 of property value, a 3 cent decrease from 2008.

“State valuations went up overall,” said Andrew Hart, Knox County administrator. Nonetheless, he said, there has been a noticeable decline in revenue from deed and probate filings.

With the new tax rates, a person who owns a home valued at $100,000 would pay a county tax of $87, down about $3 from 2008.

Towns will pay a total of $6,576,756 in county taxes.

The budget committee voted in December to have no increase in the towns’ tax assessment, but because of an increase in total property valuations, a majority of the county’s towns will pay a little more to the county.

Camden has the county’s highest assessed valuation, and so will pay the most to Knox County. Its contribution is about $1.1 million. Rockport follows with a county tax of $880,629, and then St. George with $729,848. Rockland will pay $698,451 in county taxes.

Money collected by Knox County funds the Sheriff’s Department, the jail, the emergency management agency, the registry of deeds, the registry of probate and the District Attorney’s Office. A portion also helps to fund the Knox County Airport in Owls Head.