Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- Rochester residents will have the chance to share their feedback on the city’s proposed 2023 budget. 

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As part of the budget and tax levy adoption process, the city will hold a public hearing about next year’s budget on Monday, Dec. 5. The hearing is part of the regular city council meeting that begins at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall in downtown Rochester. 

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Rochester City Council members unanimously approved to cap the tax levy increase at 6.85% in September. The capped levy increase would be an uptick of about $4.3 million from this year’s spending blueprint. 

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The preliminary budget for next year is currently around $588 million. That figure includes $202 million in capital expenditures and the $227 million budget for Rochester Public Utilities.  The proposed general fund budget for next year is about $105.5 million. 

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The 20230 budget proposal does not call for increases to parking ramp or transit fees. The Rochester Public Utilities Board approved an operating budget that would include an increase to general electric rates by 2.5% and general water rates by 5% for 2023.

Residents can comment on the budget proposal virtually or in person. Virtual comment information can be found by clicking here.

Wow! Check out how Rochester has changed throughout the years in these Google photos.

As we are soaring down Hwy 52, it is hard to imagine what life was like in our town before the Target store was built where it is today. Or the house that you live in now, at one point in town, that wasn't there. In fact, Rochester has grown so fast throughout the years, most of our houses weren't even around 50 years ago! Don't believe me? Look through these photos to get a glimpse of what Rochester was like years ago.

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