Second look at proposed 2020 budget for Rochester

September 04, 2019 11:14 PM

This week, the proposed 2020 budget for the City of Rochester went before City Council for a second time.

In a series of three meetings, Council is looking at the nearly $388 million combined operating and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget. The proposal also pays down some of the City's debt.

Wednesday’s meeting focused on capital projects and City contributions to nonprofits and organizations, including two new asks. The Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) is seeking $150, 000 dollars annually to spruce up downtown. RCTC is hoping for $20,000 to support its small business development center.

In the coming weeks, the Council will decide what items they want to keep in and remove from the budget.

“One of the things we have been working on with the Council over the last couple years is ensuring they have the time to review the budget,” said Steve Rymer, the City Administrator of Rochester. “It gives Council the opportunity to really understand the budget so that when they adopt it, they agree with what's in it.”

The proposal includes a just under 6% tax levy increase. A preliminary tax levy will be adopted on September 16.


Hannah Tiede

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