Rochester selected to participate in new program to tackle budget crises, advance equity

Updated: October 15, 2020 11:42 PM
Created: October 15, 2020 10:01 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The City of Rochester is accepting some  help during the  COVID- 19 pandemic.  

On Thursday, the City of  Rochester was selected to participate in a  new program called "What Works Cities City Budgeting for Equity and Recovery Program". The new program will help cities like  Rochester to confront budget crises while strengthening their commitment to equity  amid COVID-19.  Rochester is one of 30 cities getting support from Bloomberg Philanthropies.  


Rochester  City  Budget Director Chris Wagner said they' re projecting what could be a $60 million general fund gap.

The program will ideally help Rochester develop plans to drive financial recovery and make sure to not disproportionately harm low-income residents and communities of color. 

"You know, a lot of us will have similar problems, especially in terms of how we're affected by revenues declining with the pandemic here and kind of brainstorming and coming up with creative solutions," said Chris Wagner, Budget Director. 

The program runs through December 2021. 

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