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State blamed for town’s decreasing fund balance.

When a proposed town budget was distributed at last month's Franklin Board of Aldermen meeting, it contained an interesting proposition in the manager's budget message concerning the fiscal year 2014-2015.

“A modest tax increase is recommended to adjust the ad valorem tax rate to twenty-six cents ($0.26) per one hundred dollars ($100) of valuation,” said then-town manager Warren Cabe. “This will allow a modest transfer from undesignated funds to be used for balancing the budget while maintaining a healthy and sustainable fiscal future for the Town while still accomplishing several projects.”

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Rate increases, reduced revenues prompting action.

While presenting his proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, Macon County Manager Derek Roland informed commissioners that next year could be the last year that Macon County would operate under the current structure of the county’s health benefit plan.

Roland made commissioners aware of substantial changes that are to be expected during the coming fiscal year regarding revisions to the pay plan brought on by steadily increasing claims, combined with decreasing county contributions into the health insurance fund.

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County commissioners debate restoring prayer before meetings following Supreme Court ruling to allow it

Macon County Commissioner Chairman Kevin Corbin, along with the consensus of the board, instructed county attorney Chester Jones to look into drafting a resolution that would bring back the practice of praying before county meetings.

“As chairman, I would recommend we ask the county attorney to give us some guidance on that and perhaps we could reinstate having the prayers at our meeting—with consensus of the board.”

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On May 12, Macon Middle School math teacher and junior varsity baseball coach Jeffrey Todd Rousselle was arrested and charged with indecent liberties with a child and indecent liberties with a student, both of which are felonies.

The charges resulted after an investigation was carried out by Macon County Sheriff's Office Detectives Dani Burrows and Amy Stewart.

The investigators received a report that Rousselle had been communicating electronically with minor females who were students and/or prior students of Macon Middle School (MMS).

“This was good police work on their part,” said Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland. “They received vital information, followed up on it and it led to the charges.”

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