Survey Respondents Identify "Essential" Services As City Prepares for Deep Budget Cuts


(WXIR-Rochester) The City of Rochester released the results of its 2020 online budget survey Friday.

Drinking water, fire services, garbage collection, and police services are among the city services the vast majority of respondents identified as "essential."

The services considered essential by the fewest respondents were City-sponsored special events and downtown riverfront development.

468 people responded to the survey. 81% of them identified as city residents.

The budget survey was designed to gather public input as the City of Rochester prepares to implement deep cuts in the coming 2020-2021 budget year.

A public hearing on the Mayor's proposed budget is scheduled for June 10.

The budget proposal can be downloaded in its entirety at:


DARIEN LAMEN is news producer/director for WXIR Community Radio. He can reached at