Public Safety Funding

The City of Franklin is evaluating several funding options to maintain high-quality emergency response, fire and police services.  

Over the last 15 years, fire/emergency medical services (EMS) and police staffing levels have not kept pace with the increased demand for service driven by Franklin’s population growth and demographic changes. Whether Franklin desires to maintain existing services or work to meet the growing demand and better align the staffing levels with national standards – it will require funding to increase staffing levels. 

The City solicited feedback via a community-wide survey to determine how best to proceed with future budget decisions.  The survey results were presented to the Common Council on Tuesday, August 7th.  The complete presentation is available below.

Highlights from the presentation include:

  • 3,296 residents responded to the survey.

  • 72% of respondents indicated that it is extremely important that the City of Franklin provides high-quality and responsive emergency services.

  • Nearly two-thirds of respondents encouraged the City to explore funding options to increase fire/EMS and police staffing levels.

  • The option receiving the most support to address the public safety challenges, was a referendum to increase local property taxes so that the City can hire nine firefighter/EMS positions and three police officers.

  • Most respondents opposed the City making other budget cuts and service reductions in order to maintain or increase staffing levels. 

The Common Council will now evaluate the community’s feedback and decide whether to proceed with a referendum vote this fall as part of the 2019 budget process. If a referendum is scheduled, the question would be on the November 6, 2018 ballot.

The Assessment of Public Safety Needs & Funding Options provides details on the decisions facing local leaders.  For additional background information and data, please review the following links:


Finance & Treasury Offices
9229 W. Loomis Road
Franklin, WI  53132

Finance Phone:  414-425-7500
Finance Fax:  414-427-7527
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Treasury Phone:  414-425-4770
Treasury Fax:  414-427-7519
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Paul Rotzenberg,
Dir. of Finance & Treasurer

Rosanne Zimmerman, Deputy Treasurer

Tom Bakalarski, Accounting Supervisor


Related Links

Finance Committee
City Budget