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Rochester City Council passes budget, approves new space for police

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Rochester City council passed the 2014 operating budget and property tax levy at Monday's meeting. The levy is good news for tax payers because its the same it was in 2013 -- about $50 million.

Another action that happened at Monday's meeting sounds a little strange.

The city entered a lease agreement with itself.

The Police department will lease space from the Public Works department at the Rochester Public Transit building on East River Road.

The building will not be used as a precinct, but police officers and equipment will be deployed from the location to hopefully decrease response times on the growing north end of town.

The council also approved Mayor Ardell Brede's seven appointments to the Mayo Civic Center Commission.

Members will look at ways to improve the civic center's operations.

They'll also handle budgeting and personnel.

Starting next month, the city of Rochester will have a new city clerk.

The Council approved the appointment of Aaron Reeves to fill the spot of Judy Scherr, who is retiring at the end of this year.

Reeves has been working as the City Administrator for Cannon Falls.

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