One Franklin is a municipal ballot question committee formed by concerned residents. We are dedicated to addressing critical funding needs for essential town services such as education, public safety, and infrastructure. If we do not act, cuts will be made to current services These cuts will be felt most significantly to our public schools, but also to our Police, Fire and DPW, all of which cannot sustain level services going forward.
One Franklin is engaging with and empowering elected leaders to address the demands of our community through transparent dialogue between all departments and residents of Franklin. We are committed to ensuring our Franklin public schools, emergency services and other stressed departments have the resources needed to protect and serve our community.
WHO ARE FRANKLIN'S ELECTED LEADERS WORKING TO SOLVE THIS FINANCIAL DEFICIT?
One March 6, 2024 The town will hold a Public Joint Budget Subcommittee Meeting to begin to finalize an override number for the Town Council to approve and than ultimately the residents of Franklin. The Joint Budget Subcommittee promotes communication and collaboration among the three most relevant finance related committees who are involved in the Town's annual operating budget process: Town Council, School Committee and Finance Committee.
The above video is a recording of our Town Administrator's "FIVE YEAR FISCAL FORCAST FOR FRANKLIN" at the Joint Budget Subcommittee Meeting (8/2/23).
It is well documented that Franklin budgets and spends conservatively. This has earned Franklin a AAA bond rating for financial management and creditworthiness, and has enabled us to maintain one of the lowest tax rates for residents in the region. The community demands of both emergency services and public education have increased much more than the allowed 2 1/2%.
Things like rising healthcare, and inflation around expenses have far exceeded this allowed increase. This is stressing our departments. which are unable to fully keep up with demand of our town, and has also resulted in significant cuts to our public schools.
The last operational override approved by residents of Franklin was 16 years ago, in 2008. The One Franklin initiative was started in 2019 when residents in town will recall over 100 of our public school teachers standing out on Route 140, in solidarity (more on that below).
When the pandemic of 2020 began, this override effort was put on hold as funding from The "Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund"", also known as ESSER, provided temporary relief due to the pandemic. Over the last year our Town Council and School Committee have spoken at length in public meetings, warning that we must come together because the funds we collect as a town will not sustain current level services. We hear over and over by our Town Council that "the pot is not big enough" and that cuts are inevitable unless the residents decide otherwise.
Please join our efforts to solve this fiscal deficit, you can learn more about how to help by clicking HERE or on the "How Can I Help" tab above. Let's work together as One Franklin to show we value our town and those who serve our residents!
Hundreds march in support of 103 Franklin teachers June 2020 (watch coverage HERE)
Work to develop an override started years ago, and the public school budget deficit has continued to grow. This has resulted in an erosion to the quality of education our children receive. Year after year, other departments have sacrificed to try and bridge the gap, often resulting in tension. We are One Franklin, coming together to solve this once and for all benefits everyone, protects our reputation, and maintains our strong home values and town culture.
Election Date for Override:To Be Determined