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The "State Of Rochester" Report Released By Mayor Richards

 Downtown Rochester skyline view.
Max Schulte
Downtown Rochester skyline view.

Rochester Mayor Tom Richards, whose last day on the job is Tuesday,  has released a booklet called  "The State of Rochester"

It contains a snapshot of the city in a number of areas. 

The booklet contains facts and figures on items like the budget, public projects, crime, population and other data.

In his preface to the document, Richards says although the city still faces many challenges, it has much to be proud of.  He says real property values have continued to increase, and there's been record public and private investment in the city.

The report shows a median household income of just over $34,000 in the city, up about $5000 from 2010.  The overall poverty rate was up slightly to 33 percent, and  the child poverty rate rose five percent, to 51 percent.

Richards also says that cities cannot continue to rely on property taxes for funding and he says state and federal officials will have to address the revenue problem.

You can find the complete report on the city's website:

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.