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Canandaigua City Council adopts 2020 spending plan

With all the drama behind them, members of City Council on Thursday night quietly adopted a spending plan for 2020.

The $15,848,979 budget is an increase of 3.43 percent over the current spending plan, partly attributed to staff hirings. Next year’s budget carries a tax levy increase of 3.48 percent and a 4.85 percent increase in the tax rate.



Compare that with the increases first proposed: a 9.5 percent increase in the tax levy and 10.91 percent in the tax rate, largely driven by a decline in assessments.

It took five budget workshops to get the proposed budget to a level below the state-mandated property tax cap, but Councilmember Jim Terwilliger said he was happy to find a way to make it happen.

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