Associate Editors Note: Each candidate provided their bio and responded to the Question: What is the biggest challenge the City faces and how would you work to improve?
Incumbent Cindy Putzek
Bio: Occupation: Vice President, Branch Manager of Bank of the Ozarks with 18 years banking experience and a 20 year resident of Heard County.
Question: What is the biggest challenge the City faces and how would you work to improve?
I believe the biggest challenge the City of Franklin is facing are budget shortfalls. Based on sales tax for the county as a whole, it gets harder and harder each year to maintain the same level of services with increasingly reduced funding. My goal is to implement projects for the city that do not create a burden for taxpayers however provide areas and activities that promote family values and keep our small town characteristics relevant. Also having a daily presence in our community I have the willingness and availability to speak with our residents on a one on one basis regarding issues they have with our community.
Candidate Alan Slaughenhaupt
Bio: My name is Alan Slaughenhaupt, and I am running for City Council Post 1 because I believe I can make a positive impact on the future of our city through my education and experience. I have lived in the City of Franklin for 7+ years, and my family has lived in Heard County for over 20. I love the community of Franklin and want to help it continue to grow and prosper.
With two engineering degrees and a business degree, I have a well-rounded and rigorous education. However, I also believe that life and work experience are just as important as anything learned in a classroom.
For the past 20 years, I have worked as the Information Technology Director for a neighboring municipality. And, in 2000, I was elected to the Board of Directors of Georgia Public Web, a municipal-owned telecommunication company serving all of Georgia, which I have now served consecutively for 17 years. Being in this position has also provided me insight of how to manage a successful enterprise.
My experience serving these entities has given me in-depth knowledge and experience into most aspects of appropriately managing a city. As a Director and part of the city management team, I have also gained a very broad understanding of most issues that cities face and how they are successfully solved. I believe, from my experience, that cities should be run like businesses, in which constituents are viewed as stockholders. This approach promotes effective and efficient management of resources, helping keep costs under control and preventing property taxes from increasing.
As a Franklin Council Member, my goals will include:
•Ensure fiscal resilience by developing and implementing sound financial management policies and procedures.
•Maintain the current high level of public safety.
•Operate the city in a businesslike manner.
•Invest in technology improvements for a more effective and transparent City Hall.
•Provide an avid, new voice for our community.
The City of Franklin has a lot to be proud of, and together we can make it even better. I respectfully ask for your support and thank you for casting your vote for me on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017.
For more information go to www.facebook.com//franklinpost1.
Question: In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge the City faces and how would you work to improve it?
I believe the biggest challenge the City Of Franklin faces is how we are going to maintain or enhance current levels of City operation and still sustain the budget without raising taxes. One example is Franklin has an aging road infrastructure, at current spending rates; roads are falling quicker than they can be repaired.
With my experience and education I would ensure fiscal resilience by developing and implementing sound financial management policies and procedures. I would explore all sources of revenue that are available. I believe that cities should be run like businesses, in which constituents are viewed as stockholders. This approach promotes effective and efficient management of resources, helping keep costs under control and preventing property taxes from increasing.