Note: FY 2021 is last year (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021). The report was prepared to cover the business for the FY 2021 period. This year’s report FY 2022 (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022) is in preparation now and is normally available for distribution at the polls for the November election. Updated - 08/15/22
In Fiscal Year 2021, the Treasurer Collector’s office had many staff changes. The first change was our new Assistant Treasurer Collector, Marina Malamud. Marina has demonstrated her ability to learn quickly and has made several improvements since she started. Also, Patti Wyllie retired after 33 years with the Town of Franklin.
The Treasurer Collector’s office went Green! We now offer our residents the option to go paperless and for the residents’ convenience the Town is waiving the ACH fee when paying by electronic check.
Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services, a municipal credit rating agency, affirmed the Town’s AA+ bond rating again this fiscal year.
Standard and Poor’s stated “The rating reflects our opinion of Franklin’s history of balanced finances and strong reserve levels, supported by a very strong, growing and affluent property tax base, in addition to a strong management team that maintains several formalized financial policies and practices.”
During FY 2021, $209,381 was collected in back property taxes, interest and fees. Eighteen (18) property owners paid off all outstanding taxes and redeemed their properties out of tax title. We continue to pursue delinquent taxes through the foreclosure process and there are currently 20 properties in Land Court.
There were 1,615 Municipal Lien Certificates issued by the Treasurer-Collector’s office generating revenue of $80,350. Also collected was $4,673 in fees for duplicate bills and files that we supplied to tax services and escrow agents. During FY21, the Treasurer- Collector’s office printed and mailed 11,841 Real Estate Tax bills and 668 Personal Property Tax bills four times a year. We also sent out 34,152 Motor Vehicle Excise Tax bills, and 42,411 Utility bills. The following Demands were also printed and mailed, 541 Real Estate Tax, 110 Personal Property Tax, and 4,199 Motor Vehicle Excise Tax. There were 2,860 Motor Vehicle warrants issued in FY20. There were one (1) Betterment release (water, sewer and road). We also collected $110,432 for backflow testing and $59,496 for Sprinkler/Hydrant charges.
The Treasurer also acts as the town’s parking clerk. Our deputy collector, Kelley & Ryan Associates of Hopedale, handles the billing and collection of parking tickets. During FY21 we collected $5,163.70 for parking violations.
I would like to thank all town departments for the timely and accurate turnover of fees to the Treasurer-Collector’s office. I also would like to acknowledge my team, I am constantly impressed by your performance. Thank you for using your remarkable talents and skills to fuel our mutual efforts. I am really proud to be part of this team. Finally, I like to thank the residents of Franklin for their kindness and support.
Kerri A. Bertone
The full Annual Report for 2021 can be found
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