Monday, May 30, 2022

Town Council approves FY 2023 budget; which restores 2 DPW positions and provides what Schools asked for (audio)

FM #808 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 808 in the series. 

This session of the radio show is the two part audio recording of the Franklin, MA Town Council FY 2023 Budget Hearing #2 conducted on Thursday, May 26, 2022. All nine members of the committee were present. 

The budget hearing closes after discussion around the Cultural Council budget resolving to not doing anything now. The budget does get trued up in November before the tax rating hearing in December 2022.

The farmers market license for LaCantina was approved.

The legislation for action covered the procedural votes for the budget. The vote on the Town Clerk salary (also a discussion item from Wednesday) was tabled until the June 8 meeting. The other budget items passed by 9-0 votes.

The Council then voted to enter the first of 2 executive sessions, not to return to public meeting. The first session was going to be chaired by Mercer. The second by Vice-Chair Dellorco as it was concerning the Schmidt property and Mercer has been recusing himself from those discussions.

The total approved operating budget for FY 2023 is $142,391,586 

  • adds back the two DPW positions cut during the FY 2022 budget

  • gives the Franklin schools the amount they asked for

The meeting runs 1 hour. 

Audio file ->


a. FY23 Town Council Annual Operating Budget Hearing

i. FY23 Voting Document

ii. FY23 Town Administrator Budget Message (per Town Charter Section 6-4-1)

iii. Appendix A1 - Town Administrator Recommended Budget Voting Document & Budget Book (per Town Charter prevision 6-5-1 and 6-5-2)

iv. Appendix B1 - Franklin School Committee Recommended FY22 Budget Executive Summary

My notes via Twitter ->


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Town Council takes 4 hours to get their questions answered for the FY2023 Budget Hearing #1 (2 part audio)

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