Rochester proposes $539.6 million spending plan

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has proposed a $539.6 million spending plan that will invest in neighborhood police stations, provide funding for infrastructure and continue supporting anti-poverty initiatives.

The Rochester City Council will vote on the plan June 19 after a series of public hearings.

The 2018-19 budget was balanced using a fund balance of $16.8 million. The plan represents a 2.4 percent increase over last year and a 1.85 percent tax increase, according to information provided by the mayor’s office. Under the plan, the total “typical homeowner burden” (taxes and fees combined) would increase $43.37.

Under the proposal, the city will be investing in new section offices to continue its community-focused police reorganization along with a $59 million investment in public infrastructure and new police and fire recruit classes.

The budget provides funding to continue such anti-poverty initiatives as Kiva, a program that awards micro loans for entrepreneurs; emerging worker-owned cooperatives; the Rochester Environmental Job Training (ReJob) Program; and the Young Adult Manufacturing and Training Employment Program.

The budget also allows for the final implementation of a new personnel/payroll system; the evaluation of recommendations from an organizational efficiency study; and the ongoing replacement of streetlights with energy-efficient LEDs. It also provides for the new Traffic Violations Agency, which brought traffic violations under the city’s purview in May, and expands Sunday hours for 311.

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