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Roch. property taxes to go up in 2011

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Rochester is poised to raise property taxes for 2011.

Last year, Rochester property owners paid more than $44 million in property taxes.

Cuts to local government aid haven't helped a city that continues to grow, so council members have decided to increase the tax to the highest they ever want it to go, which is $48 million.

A number of factors have played into this increase. 

Besides cuts across the state, city council members also recently voted down a proposed street light fee. 

The money would have helped offset the cost of hiring several new police officers. 

Council members say they received no public support for the fee and instead would have to get the funds needed from an increase in property taxes.

There is no word yet on how this almost $4 million increase will affect home owners. 

City leaders will review the budgets from departments across the city to figure out where they can make cuts. 

This will be done in November and a decision will be final December 6th.

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