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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

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Public hearing produces familiar pros and cons

No new observations emerged during a public hearing on Franklin County's proposed budget for fiscal year 2014-15 Tuesday night. About 20 speakers addressed the board of supervisors, with support of proposed tax and fee hikes split about evenly.

Usual themes of a struggling economy, people on fixed incomes and government's excessive spending were heard from those against any tax hikes. Those who supported the increases touted the need for good schools and quality of life issues.

As we have said before, the reasons for more money next year are obvious, with state mandates and an increase in routine expenses driving the need. Both the county and school system have made huge cuts in recent years, so much so that loss of services on the county side is the next step and the quality of education has already been jeopardized.

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Neighborhood still needs help

Although the flooding problem on Diamond Avenue Extension in Rocky Mount was apparently solved with some drainage work a couple of years ago, the other major problem for residents in that area remains. There is still only one way in and out.

That problem was brought to light once again at Tuesday's meeting of the Franklin County Board of Supervisors when Phyllis Dunnings, a resident of the Diamond Avenue/Highland Hills area, reminded the board that work remains. She pointed out that a train was stalled on the tracks that leads into the neighborhood for almost an hour last week, leaving no access or exit for residents. If there had been an emergency, it may not have been handled in a timely manner, possibly putting life and limb in jeopardy.

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