Franklin Township, Marion County, Indiana
|Named for||Benjamin Franklin|
|• Type||Indiana township|
|• Total||42.1 sq mi (109.1 km2)|
|• Land||42.1 sq mi (109.1 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||837 ft (255 m)|
|• Density||1,300/sq mi (500/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
46107, 46203, 46237, 46239, 46259
|GNIS feature ID||0453308|
Franklin Township is one of the nine townships of Marion County, Indiana, United States. Located in the southeast corner of the county, it has been subsumed into the city of Indianapolis along with most of the rest of the county. It contains the communities of Acton, Wanamaker, and the eastern portion of the excluded city of Beech Grove.
Franklin Township was organized in the 1820s. Franklin Township is one of the last areas in Marion County to see heavy suburban land development from the outward expansion of Indianapolis. This is primarily because of a history of family farms in the area, but is also due to various civic efforts to maintain a rural atmosphere in the area over time.
The township has a median income of $70,000.
In recent years, Franklin Township has seen a population explosion leading to a heavy reliance on residential property taxes in particular for funding of the Franklin Township Community Schools. Also, as the Indiana Property Tax caps have been phased in from 2008 to 2011, revenue for the schools in the township has dropped more than 19.8%. After two referenda failed to close the $13 million gap in school funding, the school board proposed cuts to close the gap, including cutting teachers and halting most student busing. The shortfall is larger in Franklin Township because of the demographics being extensively residential, while the tax burden with the aforementioned property tax caps has shifted more to farms and businesses which now have a capped rate of 2% and 3% respectively.
In 2012, the Franklin Township School Corporation was able to again offer student bussing without additional fees by restructuring its debt.
- Informer, a publication of the Franklin Township Civic League
- Pilot Flashes, newspaper of Franklin Central High School
- 91.5 WRFT "Flash FM", radio station of Franklin Central High School
The following legislators represent the districts which contain parts of Franklin Township.
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- "Franklin Township Community School Corporation Cash Flow Analysis Summary" (PDF). Franklin Township Community School Corporation. Retrieved 2011-04-22.
- "Franklin Township school district faces $13M shortfall". WTHR. Retrieved 2011-04-22.