Before we get into the specifics and details of this blog, first, a brief synopsis:
- The Franklin Common Council met this week to consider doing what they do best: spend money.
- On the agenda: spending money to remodel Franklin’s City Hall
- The timing: The vote came after,
- The mayor announced a property tax increase in his proposed budget and,
- The Common Council ruled in favor of a November referendum to add police officers because it couldn’t find a way to budget for those officers.
- The Common Council tied on a vote to choose the most expensive remodel option.
- Mayor Olson broke the tie with a “yes” vote.
Erik Hanley of mysouthnow.com was at the Common Council and committed as Charlie Sykes used to say, “a flagrant act of journalism” by reporting on what actually happened. This of course rankled some folks who don’t like the public knowing what they do. In this particular case that would be the mayor.
Hanley posted his article on the Franklin Area Community Facebook page. That also upset the mayor who ironically loves social media, but apparently not so much when his ox is being gored.
We’ll get to the mayor’s reaction, but here’s a sampling of the comments left on that Franklin Facebook page. Before you read further make sure you read Hanley’s article.
Now to the Facebook comments.