Mayor's Recommended 2015 Budget
Total Municipal Property Tax Remains Frozen
At the September 23, 2014 Common Council meeting, Mayor Steve Olson released his 2015 City of Franklin Recommended Budget. The highlight of the budget is that the total municipal property tax remains frozen at the 2014 level. Freezing property taxes at the 2014 level accomplishes a primary operational goal for 2015. Therefore, with some growth in the City’s total property valuation due to new development, the average homeowner should receive a slight reduction in property taxes for municipal purposes. This is the second year in a row that the total municipal property tax levy remained unchanged.
A second operational accomplishment is a general refinement of individual budget line items to more accurately hit overall, yearend budget estimates. It remains the goal to continue to manage each year’s budget such that the yearend accounting results in a surplus; however, the Mayor’s 2015 Recommended Budget strives to narrow the margin so that the yearend balance does not result in a large surplus. The City has been very successful in finishing each recent year with a significant amount of new fund balance—an accomplishment reflective of the hard work and good judgment of department heads and staff. The Mayor acknowledged the department heads’ hard work in generating savings in the past and identifying cuts for 2015. The cuts that occurred to refine individual line items helped to absorb other uncontrollable costs and helped achieve the property tax freeze without cuts in service. Read More PowerPoint Budget Presentation
Safer, Quicker Emergency Responses are in the Future
for Franklin's Police & Fire Departments
Two of Franklin’s three paramedic ambulances have recently been installed with Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) systems. This is a cooperative effort between the Police and Fire Departments to improve emergency response times and to enhance the safety of motorists, pedestrians, and emergency responders. The larger benefit is to those needing emergency service and transports to hospitals. This will be a multi-year program to equip Franklin’s emergency vehicles and traffic signals throughout the community.
These systems are activated when Police or Fire units respond to emergencies with their lights and sirens. An “emitter” in the responding vehicle sends a wireless electronic signal to a sensor installed on the traffic control signal at the intersection. The sensor can tell from what direction the police car, ambulance, or fire truck is coming and takes control of the traffic lights as it approaches the intersection. The emergency vehicle is given the green light, while the opposing lights turn yellow, then red – stopping the traffic coming from other directions. This eliminates the need for emergency vehicles to cross traffic against a red light providing faster response and a safer crossing. Read More