Michelle Runte of Kayla's Krew (right), Mayor Steve Olson (center), and Public Works Superintendent Jerry Schaefer (left) accept the Public-Private Cooperation Award on behalf of the City of Franklin and Kayla's Krew at the Public Policy Forum's Salute to Local Government ceremony at the Italian Conference Center in Milwaukee on June 21, 2016. Kayla's Krew is a group of citizens who sought to build an all-inclusive playground in Franklin that would be accessible for all children and families of any age and ability. The effort was dedicated to the memory of Kayla Runte, a little girl with cerebral palsy who passed away at the age of 8. Collaborating with the City of Franklin and several additional public and private sector organizations, Kayla's Krew organized a community-wide effort to build the playground. Kayla's Playground was built in 9 days with the assistance of almost 2,000 volunteers and City of Franklin employees. The all-accessible and all-inclusive playground, that is housed at the Franklin Woods Nature Center, was completed in September. Click here for more information on Kayla's Playground.
Ballpark Commons Development Proposal
Ballpark Commons is a proposed mixed-use development at and in the vicinity of the Rock Sports Complex located at 7900 Crystal Ridge Drive in the City of Franklin, Wisconsin. The project encompasses over 200 acres (including the existing Rock Sports Complex) and is expected to have a development value over $100 million. A public hearing regarding the proposed amendment to the City's CMP and consideration of the proposed amendment to PDD 37 and to the City's CMP occured as part of the April 4, 2016 Common Council Meeting. Click here for more detailed information, status updates, and actions related to this development proposal.
2016 City Revaluation Project
The City of Franklin has contracted with Tyler Technologies in order to complete a City-wide revaluation for 2016. Tyler is the nation’s oldest and largest mass appraisal firm and has worked for the City of Franklin since the early 1990’s. They also serve as the City Assessor.
The last City-wide revaluation occurred in 2013. At that time, properties that sold in 2011 and 2012 were used to establish the assessed values. Property owners that have not made changes to their property via a building permit or had a change due to an assessment appeal continue to have an assessment based off of the 2011 and 2012 sales. Since 2013, there have been many changes that have occurred in the marketplace. As a result of those changes, the average property in the City in 2015 was assessed at approximately 93% of the market value. The goal of the 2016 revaluation is to bring properties in line with current market conditions. Specifically, that means to assess properties at or near 100% of market value using properties that sold during 2014 and 2015 as a basis.
Please note that an increase in assessment does not necessarily mean an increase in taxes in the year of a revaluation. Property owners that are impacted by the revaluation are properties that increase in value at a greater percentage than the average property and properties that do not increase at the same rate as the average property. (Click here to read the rest of the article.)