Monday, December 10, 2012

12 Days of Donating: Day 11

On Day 11 of the "12 Days of Donating", let's continue to look back through the events of the year and see how much we can be thankful for in Franklin.

In November, the FHS Girls Soccer team won the state championship to complete their season undefeated, over 300 runners/walker turned out on Thanksgiving morning to raise a ton of food and a great deal of money for the Feed the Need 5K, the high school building project got update with a better timeline now that construction is actually underway and Franklin went to the field house to vote on Nov 6th.

The voter turnout for this Presidential year was just over 80% and similar to other elections of this category. This is the highest turnout that Franklin provides for an election. The lowest is the biannual vote for the Town Council, School Committee and other local officials that are elected (rather than appointed). For these elections, Franklin generally turns out around 18% although there was an increase in the last election. If that is the indication of a change in turnout, time will tell.

The every four year State level elections turn out the second most Franklin voters with just over 60%. The elections that really matter the most to Franklin taxpayers are those for override or debt exclusion votes and about 40% turn out for those.

One could say that money is what drives these numbers. The overall campaign dollars spent for a Presidential election dwarfs the State level and especially the local level. The dollars up for vote is what drives the override and debt exclusion turnout to be twice what it is for electing our officials.

Perhaps then, the need for money to assist the Food Pantry in completing its mission will help both the Food Elves and the Franklin Downtown Partnership be successful in their drive. The people of Franklin receive the real benefits of such collaboration!

Donation bins are available at these participating businesses:
  • Berry Insurance, 9 Main St.
  • Chestnut Dental Associates, 38 Pond St.
  • Dean Bank, 21 Main St.
  • Dean College, Campus Center
  • DCU, 500 West Central St.
  • East Coast Driving School, 25 East Central St.
  • Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, 12 Main St.
  • Franklin Downtown Partnership Office, 9 East Central St.
  • Jane’s Frames, 11 East Central St.
  • Murphy Business, 15 East Central St.
  • RE/MAX Executive Realty, 445 Franklin Village Dr.

You can also make a donation securely through the Franklin Food Pantry web page

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