Franklin City Council tables Kelsay plans after public hearing.

FRANKLIN, Ind.–The Franklin City Council on Monday hosted a public hearing regarding the annexation and rezoning ordinances brought to them by Kelsay Farms. The ordinances concerned a stretch of land east of U.S. 31, south of Paul Hand Boulevard/County Road 400N, and west of Graham Road. Joanna Meyers, speaking on behalf of the owner of the property Joe Kelsay, took questions from the public and clarified that this proposal was not for an expansion of the farms.

She explained that the land would be divided into several sections with each having a different purpose. As detailed in their proposal, the north and east sections would be designated for residential and agriculture development, the south for agricultural and industrial, with the west mostly for agriculture.

Meyers stated the main goal is to create areas for community shopping, entertainment, service, and public gatherings. Council approved for the matter to be tabled until its next meeting on November 5.

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Franklin approves property annexation for public hearing

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FRANKLIN, Ind.–The Franklin City Council acted on two ordinances on Monday night, requesting that 425 acres of land located east of U.S. 31, south of Paul Hand Boulevard/County Road 400N, and west of Graham Road, would be annexed and rezoned. The Franklin Plan Commission had voted 11-0 for the ordinances during a meeting in September.

City council member, Lynn Gray stated that once a property is annexed, it is not assessed for city taxes, but it is not fully exempt from taxes. Once the land is developed, it is then eligible to be put back under city tax assessment.

Mayor Steve Barnett added that they needed to get the process moving or they would miss out on the development of the property for agriculture. State law does not allow land to be annexed shortly before a census, and the next census is in 2020.

The ordinances were approved for a public hearing and will be addressed on the 15th of this month.

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Franklin City Council Approves Tax Abatements

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FRANKLIN, Ind.–The Franklin City Council considered three separate tax abatement requests at Monday night’s meeting.

One request came from Mitsubishi Turbocharger and Engine America (ETEA), hoping to be approved after they failed to file their tax forms for 2018. The company stated that the Economic Development Commission didn’t send out a deadline reminder and that the ETEA had been on time for the past several years. She asked the council to approve the abatement so that the company could correct their tax return forms for this year.

The AMayZing Food & Beverage Group (AF&BG) requested an abatement for the construction of buildings in Lineville Business Park. AF&BG was hoping to be granted a 10-year real property tax abatement with a 2% economic development fee, along with another 10-year real property tax abatement with a 3% fee.

Lastly, Sargent Aerospace & Defense (SA&D) was looking for a 10-year real property tax abatement ($2,900,000) and a 5-year personal property tax abatement ($600,000) to build an additional facility on a nearby lot in the park.

After deliberation, the council approved all three requests.

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