Sunday, May 15, 2022

Finance Committee closes out budget hearing series with FPS and Tri-County Q&A, vote to approve budget

FM #796 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 796 in the series.
This session of the radio show shares the Finance Committee budget hearing #3 for the FY 2023 Town of Franklin budget held on Thursday, May 12, 2022. 

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: 7 members of the Finance Committee were in the Council Chambers along with some of the public, 1 member was remote along with some members the public via conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period. 
  • Chair Bill Dowd opens the Finance Committee, 8 members participating (although by time of vote 1 member had left leaving a 7 member vte). This is the last of three sessions on the FY 2023 budget
  • This session covered Franklin Public Schools, Tri-County Regional Voc Tech and Norfolk Agricultural. Representatives from the first two schools were present for the discussion and Q&A. 
  • Interesting questions for both schools. More interesting for the future will be what will happen with the Tri-County feasibility study underway. As a regional school, the approval process for a new school is complex. There is also not a lot of history/precedent for such. Stay tuned as this could get interesting with 11 communities involved.
  • The budget as recommended and presented ultimately passed unanimously 7-0
The recording runs about an hour and eighteen minutes, so let’s listen to the Finance Committee meeting May 12, 2022.


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L - R: Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, Dan Hanes, Tri-County Supt K McGuire; Tri-County SchCmte member Dr Peter Wernicke
L - R: Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, Dan Hanes, Tri-County Supt K McGuire; Tri-County SchCmte member Dr Peter Wernicke

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