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.