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Mayor Warren proposes slight budget increase for 2018-2019 

Mayor Lovely Warren is proposing a budget of $539.6 million budget for 2018-19, a 2.4 percent increase over last year's budget and an increase of  $43.37 in taxes and fees for the typical city homeowner. The budget, which she released this morning, would fund public infrastructure work, new neighborhood police offices, additional staffing for the Arnett and Douglass branch libraries, and new programs at some recreation centers, among other initiatives. 
click to enlarge Rochester mayor Lovely Warren unveiled proposed budget for next year. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Rochester mayor Lovely Warren unveiled proposed budget for next year.

It also includes $50 million from Albany for the ROC the Riverway redevelopment along the Genesee River and improvements to the convention center. 

The city had initially faced a $47.6 budget gap. To close it, Warren proposes the tax and fee increases, reductions in the general and enterprise fund balances, adjustments to capital expenses and debt service, and other measures. In addition, she says pension and retiree medical costs are lower than expected.

Warren said the city continues to wrestle with the state-mandated Maintenance of Effort funding for the Rochester school district, a long-time source of tension between the district and City Hall.

"Under the mandate, the school district consumes $119 million of the total $178 million in property tax dollars collected by the city," she said.

Buffalo and Syracuse have historically received more state aid to ease the burden of the MOE, she said.

City Council will hold public hearings concerning the proposed budget on Monday, June 4; Tuesday, June 12; and Wednesday, June 13, before voting on it on Tuesday, June 19. More information about the budget is available at www.cityofrochester.gov.
 

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