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Rochester city leaders talk money for 2018


The Rochester City Council met Monday tonight to discuss the 2018 budget, and residents sounded off on property taxes during the public comment period.

But before residents were allowed to comment, the city's administrator presented the recommended budget goals for 2018. He wants to maintain existing services in the city and preserve financial stability.

Property taxes did increase though this past year, and it appears they will continue to do so in 2018.

Residents shared their frustration with how expensive it is becoming to live in Rochester and how they feel like the city is pushing them out.

"I'm willing to pay my share, but you're getting to the point where you're starting to push some of us out of Rochester. The business owners cannot afford it much longer. It just keeps growing and growing and growing," said one Rochester resident.

The council did approve two things on Monday's agenda. They approved a motion that said the city will provide $12,000 towards the Rochester Fire Department's new clock tower location. That money would eventually be returned.

The council also approved roughly $785,000 in change orders for a new parking ramp that would be connected to the Hilton Hotel project.

A final decision about the 2018 budget will not be made until December 18th. That meeting will be open to the public.

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