Monday, May 31, 2010

Frequently asked questions: "We wouldn’t be in a crisis if we hadn’t spent money on the senior center, fire station and new ball fields"

We wouldn’t be in a crisis if we hadn’t spent money on the senior center, fire station and new ball fields.

These projects are the most visible examples of the Town’s effort to maintain and improve its buildings and facilities for the benefit of the general community. The vast majority of the funding for these renovations comes from the town’s long-term capital improvements plan, also known as the “20/20 Plan.” This is money the town borrows as part of its ongoing effort to upgrade public facilities, streets, sidewalks and buildings. A small part of the town's annual operating budget is used to pay off the debt that funds capital improvements, the same way a homeowner would pay off a mortgage over time.

The last time the town built a new recreation facility was 1990. Since then, the population has increased by about 10,000 people. We built three schools in that time period to house the surge in students, but we did not build any recreational facilities for them. The Town made improvements to existing fields, added new fields, and brought back into use the field and track at the High School. The existing track had not been useable for many years.

The senior citizen population in Franklin continues to grow. It is currently projected that citizens over 60 will increase from about 4,200 to over 7,500 in the next ten years. The old senior center had just two rooms and minimal parking which was completely inadequate for our population and programs. The new center has seen a three fold increase in participation. It has become a focal point for older adults and their families with many varied programs, services and activities to address the needs and interests of our senior and disabled residents.

One of a series to address frequently asked questions


The special election on June 8th gives Franklin voters the choice:

Increase taxes to continue to provide the services we have this year (and that does not restore any of the services already cut)


Continue to cut municipal services for all and cut educational opportunities for our children

I'll help to provide the information. You need to do two things:
  1. Make your choice
  2. Vote on June 8th

You get bonus points if you talk with your neighbors about this and get them to vote!

Additional information on the override can be found here:

Franklin, MA

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