Wilson Co. voters reject wheel tax hike - WKRN News 2

Wilson Co. voters reject wheel tax hike

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LEBANON, Tenn. - It is back to the drawing board Friday for school officials in Wilson County after voters rejected a measure that would have doubled the county's current wheel tax to fund a new Lebanon High School.

On Thursday, more than 5,000 people voted against doubling the current $25 fee.

More than 4,500 supported it, saying a new Lebanon High School is needed now.

The current building is 55 years old, crowded and failing apart.

"It's very quiet.  There is a lot of sadness in the building today," Lebanon High School
Principal Nancy Ash told News 2 Friday.  "It is very obvious we need a new school for our kids.  The need the same opportunities that everybody else has."

The money from the tax hike would have also funded the purchase of land to build a new Watertown High School.

County officials had said once both are paid for, the wheel tax would return to $25.

The proposal could come back to the Wilson County Commission for a vote but there are no immediate plans for that now.

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