Candidates weigh in on Franklin school budget

Franklin’s next school board will decide early next year how to deal with funding shortfalls from property tax caps, a decision that will affect students and families in the school district for the coming years.

The tax caps limit how much can be charged in property taxes based on a property’s values and was part of sweeping tax reform legislation. The caps also have had a significant impact on local governments and have become a concern for school districts.

Because of tax caps, the Franklin school district is not bringing in enough money to make all of its debt payments and is limited in funding for new buses and building projects. Those funding shortfalls were identified as a top issue by the candidates running for Franklin school board.

Incumbent William Maschmeyer and Timothy Lavery are running for one open Franklin Township seat. Cory Cooper, Kristine Ott, D. Christopher Bass, Joseph Skeel and Bryan Wertz are running for two open Franklin city seats. All voters in the Franklin school district can vote in the school board races.

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