Rochester’s 2023 budget plan and its potential impacts are set to be reviewed on Monday

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April 9 – ROCHESTER – Plans and potential changes to the City of Rochester’s projected $106.4 million budget for 2023 will be discussed on Monday.

It will be Rochester City Council’s first major budget discussion since adopting a two-year spending plan last year.

The approved plan calls for a budget increase of 5.14% next year, which is expected to require total property taxes collected to rise from $86.8 million to $93 million as new construction increases assessed value overall of the city.

While a spending plan for next year is already in place, various factors, as well as board decisions, could alter the plan before the final 2023 supplemental budget is approved in December.

On Monday afternoon, city staff will review some of the potential factors that could alter the budget plan before the end of the year. Scheduled topics include economic trends and revenue forecasts.

Information provided to council members before the meeting shows that the number of jobs increased in 2021 after bottoming out during the pandemic in 2020, but the city’s reported unemployment rate in 2021 remained at 2.3% , down 1.6% from 2020 and below state and US. averages.

At the same time, the reported value of new commercial and residential construction rebounded in 2021, surpassing $521 million, which exceeded the value of projects in 2019 and 2020.

While sales tax collection hit a five-year high in 2021, the city reports that lodging taxes collected remained below 2019 levels.

Meanwhile, forecasts show that the city’s general fund revenue from taxes, fees and state sources is expected to grow from about $101.2 million this year to $106.4 million l ‘next year.

Monday’s council conversation will also touch on several factors that remain unpredictable, from future state and federal aid to the impacts of inflation.

The council will meet to discuss 2023 budget options at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers of the city-county government center, 151 Fourth St. SE. The meeting will be broadcast live on

www.rochestermn.gov/agendas

as well as Spectrum cable channel 180 or 188 and Metronet channel 80.

Meetings scheduled for the week of April 11 include:

Rochester

—City council study session, Monday at 3:30 p.m. in the council chambers of the City Government Center, 151 Fourth St. SE. The meeting will be broadcast live on

www.rochestermn.gov/agendas

and be available on Spectrum Cable channel 180 or 188 and Metronet channel 80.

—Police Public Service Commission, 3 p.m. Tuesday with meeting location to be posted

www.rochestermn.gov/agendas

—Police Policy Oversight Commission, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 164B of the Development Services and Infrastructure Center, 4001 West River Pkwy

—Committee on Energy, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday with venue to be posted

www.rochestermn.gov/agendas

— Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Council Chamber of the Government Center.

—Pedestrian and Cyclist Advisory Committee, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., meeting location will be posted

www.rochestermn.gov/agendas

Olmsted County

—Rochester-Olmsted Council of Governments, Monday at 10 a.m., online access information posted at

https://olmstedcounty.primegov.com/public/portal

— Commission on Human Rights, Thursday at 6 p.m. in Conference Room 2 of the Town-County Government Center.

— Zoning Board of Adjustment, 7 p.m. Thursday in the Board Rooms of the City-County Government Center.

Rochester Public Schools

—School Board Academy, 6:30 p.m. Monday in Room 137 of the Edison Administration Building, 615 Seventh St. SW.

—School Board study session at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Edison Administration Building

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