Showing posts with label watch list. Show all posts
Showing posts with label watch list. Show all posts

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Franklin Matters Q&A - Wednesday, May 18 - 11 AM

Please join Steve Sherlock for an informal and informative Q&A session. This will be a hybrid meeting. Steve will be at the Senior Center and will have the Zoom conference bridge available for remote participation. 

What is the session about?
  • Steve provides some updates in the first 10-15 minutes on what's happened in the past month, then opens the floor to answer whatever questions you have

When: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 11:00 AM  

Where: Franklin Senior Center (conf room TBD) and via Zoom
If you want the Zoom link, please use this form: 

Franklin Matters Q&A - Wednesday, May 18 - 11 AM
Franklin Matters Q&A - Wednesday, May 18 - 11 AM

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Q&A on Franklin Matters - June 17 at 1:30 PM

Get your Franklin questions answered on Thursday, June 17 at 1:30 PM. 

This is a virtual event coordinated with the Senior Center = "Franklin Matters Q&A with Steve Sherlock"

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Q&A on Franklin Matters - June 17 at 1:30 PM
Q&A on Franklin Matters - June 17 at 1:30 PM

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Franklin Matters Q & A - Apr 29 - 1:30 PM

Thursday, April 29 at 1:30 PM - Franklin Matters Q & A via Zoom with Steve Sherlock.

Email for the link to attend. 

Hear what is happening in our town and bring your questions for Steve!

Franklin Matters Q & A - Apr 29 - 1:30 PM
Franklin Matters Q & A - Apr 29 - 1:30 PM

Monday, March 29, 2021

FM #502 - Franklin Matters Q&A - 03/18/21 (audio)

FM #502 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 502 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the Franklin Matters Q&A session held by the Senior Center held Thursday, Mar 18, 2021.
The session was conducted virtually via Zoom conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

I do use a brief presentation deck to open the session (link below). A couple of recent photos and screen captures of the webpages and the “watch list” are among the key items to share and open the discussion. After that, we are there to answer your questions. 

Among the topics we discussed in this session;  my ‘watch list’ for 2021 including vaccine availability, the School Committee budget, Town budget cycle, after Davis Thayer - the next step for the School Committee is developing the long range ‘master plan’ for the school district. 

The recording runs just about 45 minutes so let’s listen in. Audio file =


Presentation deck 

Franklin Senior Center newsletter 


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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

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FM #502 - Franklin Matters Q&A - 03/18/21 (audio)
FM #502 - Franklin Matters Q&A - 03/18/21 (audio)

Thursday, February 4, 2021

CommonWealth Magazine: "State tax collections continue to surprise"

"JANUARY TAX COLLECTIONS  obliterated the Baker administration’s expectations, coming in almost a half-billion dollars above the Department of Revenue’s already-upgraded monthly benchmark and helping to brighten the state’s financial picture heading into a fresh round of budget deliberations.

DOR collected $3.347 billion from taxpayers last month, which is $392 million, or 13.3 percent, greater than what the state collected in January 2020 and $429 million, or 14.7 percent, above DOR’s benchmark for the month, which had already been boosted by $180 million from an earlier estimate.

“January revenue included increases in withholding, income estimated payments, regular sales tax, and ‘all other tax,’ as well as a decrease in meals tax,” Revenue Commissioner Geoffrey Snyder said. “The increase in withholding is likely related to unemployment insurance benefits and bonus related payments, and income estimated payments were strong likely because of 2020 investment-related income gains. The increase in ‘all other tax’ is primarily attributable to estate taxes, a category that tends to fluctuate.”

Continue reading the article online

Friday, January 22, 2021

Franklin's "Watch list" for 2021

The "watch list" for Franklin in 2021. These are the items I see facing Franklin this year. The insights developed in over fourteen years of reporting on Franklin and in particular over 100 meetings during 2020 are behind the summary of items here. This is the short story. 

If you need or want more on these, stay tuned, I'll be following these throughout the year. If you want a better explanation of one or more, send me an email. If there are enough inquires, I can also schedule a Q&A session like held Thursday for the Senior Center.

Pandemic and recovery

  • This should not be a surprise, our individual health and the health of the community will begin to determine how much the economy can recover.

Town budget/School budget for FY 2022

  • While we averted a real problem last year, the question remains: what will happen this year? We get a peek with the release of the Governor's budget next week (by statue required by Wednesday). Given 22% of our budget is state aid (DLS numbers via DLS Dashboard), that is a key starting point.
  • The economy will help via the local receipts (assuming we recover from COVID-19). The School budget is the big unknown (from my point of view). The District is making progress on the Davis Thayer situation (but no timeline or approval yet on closing the building). While that is underway, the other buildings that could also be closed are not yet on the table for discussion.

Affordable housing

  • The population of Franklin has seen slower growth recently. What is the proper mix of housing for the population we have and anticipate? Will it be affordable for the folks to live here? All good questions and the discussion will be held in earnest this year.

Franklin election (November 2021)

  • Yes, the Town Council, School Committee, and many other positions are up for election in November. Who will run? What issues will they be facing? Will we see more youthful and diverse candidates?

Citizen engagement

  • The voter turnout for the Sep and November 2020 elections were the highest numbers seen although by percent, we have turned out more (in 2016). The pandemic likely contributed to both the voter numbers and smaller per cent. Mail ballots were a key contributor. Will they become the 'norm'? What about early voting for a local election?
  • The access to public meetings has made more engagement possible. Franklin residents can participate via Zoom, live stream, or cable channel. Less of an excuse to not be able to see and hear what is going on whether Town Council, Planning Board, School Committee or any number of other public boards and committees.


What would you add to this list?

What was the "watch list" for 2020?