City council OKs stipend for redevelopment commission members

Members of one Franklin board will begin receiving a stipend of $50 per month.

The Franklin City Council approved the payment for members who are appointed to the city’s redevelopment commission. Members who serve on other appointed boards for the city get paid, so the city wanted to also pay members of the commission. Elected officials who serve on the board, such as city council members, are not allowed to receive the stipend.

Members of the redevelopment commission make decisions about how to spend the city’s tax-increment financing district funds, which are taxes set aside from businesses to use for economic development and infrastructure.

Board members didn’t request to receive the stipend, commission president Bob Heuchan said. Commission member Jay Goad offered to donate his pay to Discover Downtown Franklin, and member B.J. Deppe asked to decline receiving the payment.