The Issues
The challenges Franklin Township faces include adapting to an ever changing landscape. Franklin is facing challenges many other towns are starting to face, working to attract businesses and younger residents, making sure services are local to the residents, and ensuring the needs of our current residents are met.
Stable Taxes
No to Overdevelopment
Neighborhood Issues

Stable Taxes
The current Franklin Township Council has worked to maintain the budget lower than it was in 2009. Over the past two years, the tax rate increase has averaged 1%, with a 0% increase in the tax rate last year. I want to emphasize this does not mean taxes did not go up, but any increase was not due to the township spending your money. Contrary to what you may be told, Franklin Township continues to be one of the lower rates throughout Somerset County.
Only about 15% of your overall property tax bill goes towards Municipal Taxes. This pays for the police force, snow removal and road repairs, parks and recreation, and many other municipal services. Rather than talk about cutting services, I am focused on providing the services needed as efficiently as possible.
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No to Overdevelopment
Franklin Township has taken many steps in order to preserve open space land, as farmland, parks, or preserved land. There are almost no areas in town where a large development can be constructed. Instead, the focus needs to be on supporting the current redevelopment zones on Hamilton Street and Davidson Avenue. The Hamilton Street redevelopment project is helping to usher in mixed use zoning, which allows retail on the lower floors, commercial space on middle floors, and residential space on top floors. It uses existing areas more efficiently and prevents having to encroach on green space. Davidson Avenue is another area where office space is available to attract businesses in existing space, rather than having to build new buildings. I also have a plan that has already been brought to members of council suggesting to preserve land for more youth sports programs, which would allow these programs to continue to grow and take away any concerns of having to limit the size of the programs.
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Neighborhood Issues
Franklin Township is a diverse town, and the 2nd Ward is diverse as well. Each neighborhood has its own individual concerns. In some areas it is the need for new street lights, others it is the sound of a pump station, and in others it is traffic. Many of these are issues which need focus and can be addressed with support. I will never pretend to know what is going on in every neighborhood, but instead will make every effort to reach out to the residents frequently. Once I hear of an issue I push to get it resolved as quickly as possible within reason. Most recently a concern was raised about street lights on Schoolhouse Road. While they were approved, nothing was being done. By raising the concerns to the proper departments, this is now on track to be completed by the end of the year.
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