Rochester City Council set to talk 2020 budget & salary increases

Updated: December 02, 2019 05:53 PM
Created: December 02, 2019 04:38 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Monday, the Rochester City Council is set to discuss several big issues like pay increases for council members, provide an update on the North Broadway project along with the 2020 operating budget for the city.

The North Broadway project had a $19 million construction plan for several years to revamp the corridor that stretches from Civic Center Drive to the Silver Lake Dam. After delays, the city has lowered the cost of construction but still needs $1.2 million in either state or federal aid to complete the project. If federal aid is given, the project could be delayed for up to a year.


As for salary raises, the city is looking to raise salaries for officials. A concept that is said to be equivalent to the area median income of Rochester. That amount would vary between the Mayor, council president and other council members. 

And, a public hearing is scheduled Monday regarding the proposed $388 million dollar operating budget for 2020. If approved, Rochester could expect about a 6% increase in property taxes. 

That money would be used in the following ways: 

  • Nearly 60% of money goes toward public safety.
  • 17% percent goes to Public Works
  • 15% percent goes to general government sources.
  • Other funds go towards areas such as the Civic Theatre and contingency funds.

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