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Mayor Warren unveils proposed 2017-2018 city budget

The proposed budget for the City of Rochester will mark a nearly $10 million increase compared to the previous year's budget, Mayor Lovely Warren announced Friday. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The proposed budget for the City of Rochester will mark a nearly $10 million increase compared to the previous year's budget, Mayor Lovely Warren announced Friday.

The proposed budget is $525,604,100 - a 1.3 percent increase compared to the 2016-17 amended budget of $518,842,400.

According to Mayor Warren, the average city homeowner would see their tax bill lowered by $63.89. That makes a net decrease of $34.91.

Among the programs planned for $10 million in increased funding will be an additional police recruit class in the fall. The class will be hired to an increased police presence during the summer peak. New fire apparatus and school fire safety education are also being funded.

“I am proud to say that despite our financial challenges, we continue investing in our citizens and in the growth of our city – which should be obvious to anyone as you look at all the progress taking place in every area of Rochester," Mayor Warren said. "I am pleased these investments continue to bear positive results. This budget makes these important investments, cuts taxes and maintains services all while ensuring we live within our means.”

The budget process began with a $50.1 million budget gap. The gap was met by cutting expenses and boosting revenue sources, among other cost-saving measures.

The full budget proposal can be found on the city’s website.

Rochester City Council will review the budget and hold hearings on June 7, 13 & 14, before holding a vote at the scheduled June 20 meeting.

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