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Discover Downtown requests $50,000 in TIF money for events

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A group that promotes downtown Franklin has asked for $50,000 in tax funds to help support programs next year.

Discover Downtown Franklin is seeking funding for its operational expenses from the city’s redevelopment commission. The money would come from the city’s tax-increment financing, or TIF, district funds, which are collected from the property taxes of certain businesses and set aside for economic development.

The money would allow the organization to continue expanding events, such as Strawberries on the Square, Smoke on the Square and the Beer and Bluegrass Festival, board president Marty Williams said.

Franklin redevelopment commission attorney Rob Schafstall said he needs to research whether the board can legally give money to a nonprofit group to help pay for operating costs.

Discover Downtown Franklin recently hired a new director, Tara Payne, after former director Megan Hart left in August to take a new job.

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