We begin with a brief video clip from the “Oldie But Goodie” file. Here’s Franklin Alderman Steve Taylor at a Common Council meeting several years ago.
Taylor was referring to Franklin bloggers, especially yours truly. His solution for anyone who objects to Franklin’s obscene taxes that he has control over is to call for a moving van.
At the same meeting former Alderman Tim Solomon, now retired (thank God), joined Taylor in blasting critics. Seems Taylor and Solomon never heard that Franklin is a “Tax Hell” when they ventured out in public. Therefore they concluded everything is fiscally hunky dory in Franklin.
What Taylor and Solomon failed to realize is that sporting events, senior lunches, tree lighting ceremonies and concerts are not town hall meetings or public debates. There’s a silent and I would submit sizeable majority of Franklin residents who are less than enamored with the state of taxation here.
Count me in. Since I started blogging in 2007 I have frequently designated Franklin as a “Tax Hell.”
Hold on, Kevin.
Didn’t the Franklin Common Council approve a budget for next year that freezes the city property tax levy?
Yes they did.
And didn’t the Franklin School Board adopt a budget that freezes the school property tax levy?
Yes they did.
Can’t complain about that, can you?
I’m definitely okay with the freezes. But I’m not about to toss roses to the council and school board members.
The freezes do not absolve year after year after year, actually decades of over-taxing and over-spending.
The powers that be will disagree. They always do. They’ll never crawl out of their constant state of denial. But Franklin taxes too much. And Franklin spends too much. We are at a level that’s difficult for homeowners to deal with.
They will argue that nothing can be done, that services will suffer. Of course, that’s the easy way out. No one wants to make the tough moves or take tough action.
Franklin’s tax and spenders love to make comparisons, that our tax rates aren’t as bad as those in surrounding communities. Try this at your next holiday party. Compare your tax bill with that of someone who lives elsewhere. One of my cousins out in Waukesha has a bigger home, a bigger lot, and arguably the same quality of roads, schools, etc. She pays less than half of what I pay in property taxes. Less than half.
And in my never-ending quest to inform readers if it won’t sink in with our local officials, for the umpteenth time on my blog:
So while a freeze is nice the tax bill remains exorbitant.
A Franklin taxpayer shouldn’t be forced to “Get the hell outta here”to find relief.
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