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Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor has informed City Department Heads and members of the Franklin Common Council the city faces a $1.8 million revenue shortfall for 2009 and a $1.4 million revenue shortfall for 2010.
Taylor has implemented a hiring freeze on vacant positions (with the exception of seasonal positions) effective June 18, 2009. No vacancy can be filled without the written approval of the Mayor.
The directors of Administration and Finance and the Treasurer have been asked to develop ways to reduce the shortfalls. Mayor Taylor has asked Department Heads to cooperate with them and to help come up with ways to reduce or eliminate expenses withing departments.
In a memo to department heads, Mayor Taylor wrote, "I may need to ask you to prepares 5%, 10% and 15% reduction scenarios in net budgets if additional budgetary issues surface."
Taylor said freezing of vacancies is a good place to start, and that alternatives are needed to avoid or minimize employee layoffs.