Here is a piece that I submitted to the Rochester Post Bulletin. I reference data posted on this site. Here is a direct link to LGA data. Here is a link to the efficiency of our local government. When I first became interested in studying the numbers I looked at a decade lookback. However for some of the tax items it makes more sense to look post 2003 when some new tax structures began.
The real size of Rochester city government has shrunk 17 percent since 2003. Over that period, Rochester property taxes have increased 28 percent because of state Local Government Aid cuts. Unlike some other figures that have been thrown out in the media, these are true and not misleading.
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