Property tax rate update. We have received additional information from the Assessor’s Office that indicates that our property tax rate will be adjusted more than initially thought. The estimate now is that the rate will adjust down to $0.3765 as a result of the five-year re-assessment. (which reflects another year of no tax increase)
David Rahinsky named Chief of Franklin Police Department-After an extensive national search and evaluation, David Rahinsky has been chosen to serve as the City of Franklin’s next Police Chief. The process which saw over 130 applications and extensive interviews and public forums resulted in four highly qualified candidates from which Chief Rahinsky was selected. He comes from a law enforcement family with his father being a sworn officer as well as his son.
Columbia State, Williamson Campus-This past week, Governor Haslam signed the annual budget for the State. Thanks to the efforts of Representative Charles Sargent and the Williamson County delegation, there was an award of $6.5 million dollars to the Tennessee Board of Regents earmarked specifically to purchase land for a new campus for the college. The campus currently serves over 1500 students with varying majors from nursing to commercial entertainment. The value of a community college cannot be overlooked as a major help for economic development and an educational option for our area. A site will be determined by a process specified by the State and could possibly be announced in the next sixty days.
Fourth of July Celebration-Coming up is the annual Franklin on the Fourth event in downtown Franklin followed by the fireworks display that can be viewed from Harlinsdale Park. Gates to the park will open at 6PM picnics, blankets, and chairs are welcome. As a reminder, the only legal fireworks in Franklin are the kind that are shot by professionals and that is the reason that the City supports this event. Be safe and enjoy!
Sales Tax Report-Sales tax reported for the month of April indicates a continued growth in sales tax of 8.5% as compared to the same month in 2010. $1,866,180 dollars were collected for the period. These figures are ahead of the State average of a 4.4% increase. Another comparison is that we are still below the 2007 collection of $1.89 million dollars.
Recycling update. The Blue Bag Recycling program continues to grow and become more popular. The recent removal of the recycling bins from Independence Square by their property management company has created some inconvenience but at the same time has possibly created some new opportunities to explore other options such as glass. To raise awareness of the Blue Bag Program, free blue bags are being offered at the Independence Square Kroger store and at the customer service//billing area in City Hall.
Economic Development News-Several recent events show economic recovery continuing to occur in our area. Carlisle Transportation, a car parts manufacturer, has relocated their corporate headquarters to Franklin. They will occupy 28,000 square feet in the McEwen building and will eventually employ over 100 people. Another healthcare company, Healthcare Management Systems, rounds out the list of corporate headquarters relocations. They will employ over 300 people and provide their services to over 700 hospitals across the country. The groundbreaking event on Berry Farms by Boyle completes the list with a development whose master plan calls for over three million square feet of Class A office space and a blending of residential and retail space completes their site.
Rudy Jordan-Rudy recently resigned from the Historic Zoning Board after nearly 50 years of service to our community advocating for preservation. Her passion for preservation has led to many organizations and events such as the Heritage Foundation, Main Street Festival, Dickens of a Christmas, Streetscape, and Pumpkin Fest. Her dedication and service are to be applauded. Thank you, Rudy, for your service.
TCMA Excellence in Government Award-At the summer conference of the Tennessee Municipal League, the City of Franklin and Brentwood jointly received the Excellence in Government Award from the Tennessee City Management Association. The award was given for the cooperative effort by the two cities to develop the automatic aid system for fire services. This is another example of the City working with our neighbors in a spirit of cooperation. This is the second year in a row that the City has received this reward. Pictured below is Chief Garzarek holding the award at a recent Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting.
Franklin selected as a finalist-Recently, Franklin was selected as a finalist in the Best of the Road competition in the category of Most Beautiful. The winner will be announced in the near future.
Harlinsdale Barn-The iconic barn at Harlinsdale Park is on the National Historic Register and must be maintained because of this designation. The Board of Mayor and Alderman are considering a design proposal that will create a plan for its initial restoration. The newly formed Friends of Franklin’s Parks, a non-profit, has expressed an interest for this to be a project that they consider in the future.