The tentative 2019 budget for the Town of Franklin spends $1.76 million. To partially finance this, the town board plans to raise $1.19 million in property taxes from landowners, an increase of $ 0.03 million (2.4%) over the 2018 budget. This levy is just under the state-imposed soft cap and similar to the increase in 2018.
Increases in appropriations total $45,755, of which increases in salaries (personal services, PS) contribute only $2,100: superintendent of highways $500 (1% increase), assessor $350 (1%), director of finance $750 (6%), and justice $500 (9%). Only the superintendent received an increase in the previous year.
With these increases, salaries for the town officials would be: superintendent of highways Laing, $47,700; assessor Basile, $27,850; supervisor Taggart, $15,900; clerk/collector Ritz, $15,500; CEO Jacobs, $15,000; finance director Warner, $12,750; justice Arndt, $6,000; dog control officer Lockwood, $1,800; and councilmen Bruno, Grant, Sitts, and Smith, $1,200 each. (Taggart’s salary divides as $3,800 (24%) from the town and $12,100 (76%) from the county.) The total of salaries for town officials in budget is $135,200. In addition is $61,000 in benefits for a grand total of $196,200.