The City of Rochester is encouraging city residents to vote Monday through the next two weeks on the citizen budgeting for public safety. This is money set aside that allows residents to decide on projects and investments in their neighborhoods.
The city has set aside $200,000 in the budget for what it calls the "Voice of the Citizen"; a series focused on improving neighborhoods. It means that residents have a chance to decide on what specific projects they want where they live.
Rochester wants to bring residents directly into the budgeting process. Since August, city quadrants have rolled out ideas and action plans on a number of public safety improvements. The project list includes things like increasing community events for families, youth job fairs, improved street lighting, speed bumps, vacant house renovations, more police patrols, greater enforcement of loitering and more surveillance cameras.
Rochester residents may vote on one action plan in the quadrant they live in. The ballots have been finalized and the two week vote begins Monday and goes through Monday, December 16th.
Voting locations include city branch libraries, City Hall, recreations centers and also online.
Once the ballots are tallied, the city will start implementing the winning projects beginning in January.
All city residents age 16 and older are eligible to vote and commercial properties are allowed one vote per address.
You can call your neighborhood service center or 311 for more information.