Rochester City Council sets budget and maximum tax levy increase

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — Rochester City Leaders are moving forward with the 2020 budget and the plan is starting to become clear. At Monday night’s meeting the City Council was faced with a vote on setting the maximum tax levy and a budget.

There were Four different action items, all as part of the Establishment of 2020 Maximum Tax Levy and Budget Hearing.

With a unanimous vote, the maximum tax levy will be set at 6.5% and the budget at more than $388 million.

Just because the maximum levy is set, doesn’t mean that will be the actual increase and when that number is officially set, it will vary from person to person on the amount of tax increase. Overall council members feel good about the process.

“This is my first time through a full budget process and I think its gone rather well. We’ve spent about the last 3 or 4 study sessions and really delving into the different parts of the budget, whether it be the operations pieces and how it’s changing year to year, but mainly it’s the capital spending and how it’s changing year to year and also some of the decisions we have to make on what we want to change year to year,” said Patrick Keane, Rochester City Council Member, representing Ward 1.

The council also approved several consent agenda items, including parking meter changes on 2nd Avenue SW, the 2019-21 collective bargaining agreement regarding police officers, and the authorization to initiate eminent domain proceedings at the southeast Rochester substation.

The next step in the budget process is to continue to fine tune what small projects will receive funding out of the $388 million budget.

Rochester City Council
Holden Krusemark

Holden Krusemark

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