top of page

Evans Unveiled 2024-25 Budget, Council Members Pushing Back

Mayor Malik Evans unveiled a proposed operating budget for the City of Rochester for fiscal year 2024-25, which includes reductions in property tax rates, increased investments in key initiatives, and a continued focus on essential service delivery.

Describing the budget as a "Prosperity Budget," Mayor Evans emphasized its role in accelerating Rochester's growth and prosperity while safeguarding those at risk of being left behind. He highlighted the city's progress, with neighborhoods gaining value and residents experiencing unprecedented wealth. Evans believes the budget aims to build on this positive momentum by supporting vulnerable residents and fostering growth.

Key features of the proposed budget include a 37.7 percent cut in residential property tax rates and a 27.8 percent reduction in commercial rates. Evans noted reductions were made possible by maintaining the property tax levy after the recent re-evaluation of all city properties. The total spending in the budget is set at around $697 million, representing an increase of 1.4 percent over the current budget. Evans confirmed that there are no planned service fee hikes for refuse, recycling, and local works. However, an increase in water rate is included to fund upgrades to the city's water infrastructure.

The budget also allocates funds for innovative programs and services that the mayor believes will contribute to Rochester's economic growth and rising property values. Evans stated there are resources to assist residents in navigating these changes, including enrollment in New York State's expanded property tax exemptions.

However, some City Council members, including Stanley Martin, Kim Smith, Willie Lightfoot, and Mary Lupien, have raised concerns about the budget proposal. They have called for greater transparency regarding the recent property reassessment increases and announced plans for public hearings to address community questions and gather feedback. The Council seeks to clarify the long-term impacts of the reassessment process, ensure public communication, and discuss the formulas and appeals procedures used in implementation.

Upcoming public hearings are scheduled for May 28th and June 4th. The hearings will provide residents with an opportunity to engage with elected representatives and city officials to better understand the budget implications and reassessment process. By fostering transparency and community engagement, the City Council members state they aim to ensure that residents' voices are heard and that decisions are made in the best interest of the community.


Rated 0 out of 5 stars.
No ratings yet

Add a rating

Top Stories

bottom of page