FRANKLIN CONSOLIDATION CUTS SPENDING
Franklin plans to spend around 2 percent less in the upcoming year than the previous year, largely due to the 911 dispatch consolidation. The city’s 2014 budget will cut about $300,000 spent on emergency dispatchers, which will now become a county-wide unit. Health insurance costs will decrease by about $275,000. Officials foresee having an extra $700,000 more in taxes and fees than planned to be spent, and Franklin’s tax rate is expected to lower. The city plans to spend about $13.4 million in 2014.