Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - The Rochester City Council has officially certified the city’s preliminary 2017 property tax levy at about $63.5 million.

That is the maximum tax the city can levy next year, and members of the City Council expressed hope on Monday that ways can be found to lower it before they adopt the city’s 2017 budget in December. The $63.5 million figure is up $6.3 million, or nearly 11-percent when compared to the city’s 2016 property tax levy of $57.2 million.

The city’s preliminary budget for next year was set at about $270 million.

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