The Rochester City Council is scheduled to adopt the city’s preliminary 2015 property tax levy at a special meeting Monday afternoon. City Administrator Steve Kvenvold is recommending the Council certify the maximum levy at $53.5 million dollars, which would be an increase of just under $3.45 million dollars or almost 7-percent from the city’s current levy.

A boost in local government aid allowed the city to avoid any increase in the levy this year.

Kvenvold indicated his final budget recommendation would likely call for a smaller increase in the levy, but he is recommending the council certify the maximum levy at $53.5-million dollars to the council some flexibility when considering requests for additional staff from various city departments.

The council will be adopting the final levy and budget for next year following a public hearing in December.

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