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City of Rochester Initiates New Budget Process and Publishes Digital Format
The budget development process for 2019 has been revised as the City of Rochester transitions to a revenue first, multi-year budget. It is anticipated to be fully implemented over a two year period (2018 and 2019), with significant progress being made this year. The goals for the new budget process are:
- Align resources with City Council strategic priorities
- Advance the City’s commitment to financial sustainability
- Prioritize both operating and capital expenditures
- Ensure sufficient revenues exist to deliver existing and proposed services and projects
In receiving the budget approximately 90 days earlier than previous years, the City Council will have additional time to evaluate and revise the recommended operating and Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) budgets, if it so chooses, prior to final adoption.
This is also the first time a budget is being provided in an electronic, user friendly format. This improvement provides a new look for the budget and allows users the ability to easily navigate the document. This shift is reflective of the continued commitment to access and transparency. The digital budget link can be accessed via the City of Rochester website.
Citizens are encouraged to engage in the budget review process. There will be formal ways to do so from September - October. More details will be shared as they are available.
City Administrator Steve Rymer shares, “On behalf of the entire organization, I am extremely proud of the budget that has been presented for the City Council’s consideration. The changes to our budget process will pay dividends now and into the future.” He continues by sharing that the change to both the process and the digital format has been no small accomplishment.
During the Committee of the Whole meeting on Wednesday, September 5, Rymer and team will review the budget timeline, present the digital “flipping book” budget, summarize the baseline budget, and provide details on the proposed Community Development Department, among other things. The City Council is set to review budget related items during the next three Committee of the Whole meetings (9/5, 9/10, 9/17).