By EMILY R. WEST
Aiming to establish Franklin’s current population, the city will conduct a special census to find out its growth numbers.
Those who want to participate can do so online. While this is not a federal government census, the information will help Franklin better plan for infrastructure needs. As explained to the Board of Mayor and Alderman on Tuesday night, higher population will result in more funding from the state.
“It provides additional revenue for the city,” Building and Neighborhood Services plans examiner Lori Jarosz said, adding that the revenue will fund planning for “sewer, water, fire and police. It also helps keep property taxes low.”
The city said everyone who lives in Franklin from homeowners to renters will be counted. Students in college also count.
Jarosz said more than 200 people signed up for the census this afternoon. He is hoping to get as many people signed up online as possible. The city will also send out mailers starting in October.
Those who want to complete the form must do so by Oct. 14.
For those who want additional information, email the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 615-550-6728.