Voters to decide whether to fund new Wilson Co. school
LEBANON, Tenn. - Wilson County residents will vote on a referendum Thursday that would double the county's wheel tax to $50.
The additional $25 would fund a new Lebanon High School on South Hartmann Drive and purchase land to build a new Watertown High School.
County officials say once both are paid for, the wheel tax would return to $25.
With a student body at Lebanon High School approaching 1,600, school officials say the new building is needed now.
Principal Nancy Ash, who attended Lebanon High herself in the 70s, said the class of 1954 was the first glass to graduate in the current 55-year-old building.
She said the hallways are narrow and crowded and the outdated school is falling apart.
The sewer main runs under a major corridor, windows sometimes leak, the electrical system is old and in one classroom, the sun shines through a crack in the wall.
"I don't think there are very many people in Lebanon or in Wilson County that don't understand that a new building is needed," Ash explained. "I think the disagreement is over how to fund the new building."
Ash said she and the rest of her staff are keeping fingers crossed the wheel tax referendum will pass when voters take to the polls on Thursday.
All of the county's regular polling places will be open.
Wilson County's current wheel tax of $25 is lower than many neighboring counties.
In Rutherford County, the wheel tax is $50, its $25.75 in Williamson County and $55 in Davidson County.