Tuesday, April 18, 2017

In the News: state budget issues; water ban updated

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The town’s legislative delegation last week warned local officials that state tax revenue is falling short of expectations. 
Local legislators - state senators Richard Ross, R-Wrentham, and Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, and state Rep. Jeffrey Roy, D-Franklin - gave an update on the budget process at a Town Council meeting. 
Spilka, chairwoman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, said revenue projections had called for a 4.3 percent increase. She said, though, that weaker-than-expected returns began in February, a trend that continued into March and has resulted in collections $220 million below the benchmark. 
According to Spilka, a similar downturn last year began in April and eventually required $750 million in budget cuts. She said she hoped such cuts will not be needed this year."

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"Town councilors have adopted a new bylaw on water restrictions but chose not to craft the measure to include private well owners. 
The Town Council, at its most recent meeting, passed a new ban bylaw that town officials said would more effectively describe current practices. While the previous bylaw defined the terms of the ban and the punishments for violation, the amendment includes different levels of conservation, more thoroughly talks about the terms used and delineates the precise activities prohibited during a ban. 
The measure passed by unanimous vote. 
Among the changes in the new bylaw is a requirement that those who use private wells to water their lawns display a sign to that effect. Falsely posting such a sign is prohibited and homeowners may be subject to a penalty."

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