Franklin County by the Numbers......

Franklin County's growth is far behind neighboring counties, our population of ages 18-50 is decreasing every year, and we have one of the highest aging populations in the state. With our youth are not returning, our tax base and available workers affects the entire community, including our elderly population. I will work to improve this issue through improved quality of life for all age groups with responsible growth.

65% of our workforce live elsewhere, and majority of them occupy the highest paying jobs (commuters account for 3,170 middle wage jobs and 6,327 high wage jobs in Franklin County). That means less tax base, taxes supporting other communities, and more wear and tear on our infrastructure. We need to work hard to create a place where people want to live, and provide enough housing for them to live here.

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1,603 jobs have been lost since  according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. About half of these jobs were state government jobs. From 2014-to pre pandemic 3,000 jobs were lost. Jobs are a critical part of our tax base to provide county services. It is my plan to prioritize better employment opportunities in our community and creating a place people want to work and invest.

We need leaders who will advocate for Franklin County and its constituents...Frankfort has over 3,000 acres of non-taxable land, which affects our community and schools.

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Do you own a home? Franklin County home values are not increasing anywhere near the rate of surrounding counties, and more people are selling homes than buying them in Franklin County. For most people, their home is their most valuable investment. With strategic planning, responsible growth, and improved quality of life, our homes and community will become more valuable. 

Improved communication (and therefore efficiency for tax payer dollars) is one of the top reasons I decided to run. 3 years ago I asked a long time employee how often they have staff meetings and they said ‘we don’t, I can count the number of staff meetings on one hand.’ No meetings equates to lack of accountability and communication, two key ingredients for success. I plan to improve communication and encourage city/county communication to benefit tax payers.

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Cohesive Government

County and City collaboration is necessary to create efficiency, save tax payer dollars, and a unified vision.

  • County and City working together on certain tasks to save time and tax payer dollars is important. Unified/merger? Hold your horses...that is up to the people and a vote.

  • More understandable and approachable permitting processes for businesses will attract and keep local businesses in our County.  Homeowner permitting should also be a seamless process through both County and City.

  • A County + City plan to set yearly and long term goals will help identify needs and keep us on track with both entities.

  • County and City should work together by having joint quarterly meetings to move our community forward with efficiency and consistent goals - ultimately saving tax payer dollars.

Safety & Health

The well being of our community should ensure safety & health for all.

  • Communicating regularly with elected officials and safety personnel to address mental health in our community. Currently we are working with UK that addresses this issue, and more needs to be done. 

  • Programs for opioid and other drug recovery and support are vital. Franklin County ASAP.

  • The government can work with local organizations and groups to help educate our community on healthy living and sustainability initiatives.

  • Green spaces, healthy forests, and parks have mental and physical health benefits and contribute to improved air quality.  Our community needs to create and protect these spaces for whole community well being.

Embrace Diversity

Utilities

Our utilities and utility infrastructureshould be competitive & sustainable. 

  • I support County representation on the Frankfort Plant Board of Directors. 

  • Working with service providers, water, electric, etc will ensure the community is getting fair rates and moving toward sustainable energy.

  • Existing developed areas with antiquated septic systems need sewer, especially when located near waterways; while other areas need infill development instead of sprawl. Sewers are costly and should be focused to areas where they are most needed. I support sewers for Farmdale and The Forks of Elkhorn.

  • Fiscal Court is currently working with Frankfort Plant Board so every Franklin County address will have broadband within the next two years.

Education

We should empower children at a young age with the knowledge to help move our community forward.

  • Partnerships with local organizations in schools for issues such as animal care, drugs, homelessness, and diversity are a start.

  • Creating more competitive and successful education institutions will support our local public schools.

  • Helping foster the existing relationship with our local university and local businesses with local public schools will benefit our students.

  • Helping create alternative post high school educational opportunities will strengthen our local work force.

  • The County should work with the state to find a solution for the non-taxable, state owned buildings which account for $750 million of tax exempt property in Franklin County. Franklin County has many state tax exempt properties.  Why should Frankfort compensate for the other 119 counties who rely on State services?

  • Work with independent and public schools to help career targeting and helping guide and inspire students for their futures, as well as our future work force.

​Our community services are wonderful resources for citizens and make our community a better and safer place to live.  

  • The Fiscal Court approved funds to the Franklin County Humane Society  for the construction of their new state-of-the-art facility. I support FCHS as well as regulations, such as anti-tethering. Outreach education for children and adults could also help reduce animal control offenders.

  • Fiscal Court is currently working to expand and better control our current recycling and compost program to commercial, industrial and agricultural entities.

  • I support the Franklin County Health Department's mission to prevent, promote and protect in Franklin County.

  • We are currently working on building a new Road Department  facility so it can function more efficiently and safely.  I support making sure the crews have proper equipment and time to do their primary jobs.  

Services

​Using Smart Growth and ​Strong Towns principles, development and care of our infrastructure will sustain a healthy community for generations to come.

  • Working with County and State Road Departments to come up with a short and long term plan of projects and communicate them to our community.

  • Working with local law enforcement and the road departments to address traffic issues such as cut-throughs, speeding, and other resident concerns. I've worked with Sheriff's Department to address this issue in multiple neighborhoods.

  • We need to reduce the need for further infrastructure costs that our community can't afford in the long term by encouraging infill development and using Strong Town and Smart Growth principles.

  • Drainage is a big issue in several precincts.  Development plans for drainage should be more effective and sustainable with proper design.

  • Sidewalks and walkability are necessary in all parts of Franklin County. Connectivity to parks is also critical for quality of life, safety, and economic development.

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