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Wilson County proposes tax hike to build new school

LEBANON, Tenn. -

Early voting is underway in Wilson County on a referendum 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.

Voter opinions vary in Wilson County.

"We are so overtaxed and once they get those taxes in, they're there, so I'm definitely against it," said one voter.

Another said, "I'm for education for anybody's children and I've got a grandchild coming up that's only six-months-old but one of these days she's going to be in the school system."

The Lebanon High School is currently housed in a 55-year-old building.

In addition to structural issues, overcrowding is a major concern.

There are 1,600 students and officials say there aren't enough bathrooms.

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.

"The building does not have the infrastructure to support the population that we have in the building," Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis told News 2.  "That's the biggest problem, it's over crowded."

The county already owns the land for the new high school in Lebanon and the architect's design is complete.

The only question now is whether voters are willing to tax themselves to build it.

Early voting continues in the following locations through September 26.

  • Wilson County Election Commission, 203 East Main, Lebanon
  • Mt Juliet Community Center, Charlie Daniels Park, Mt. Juliet
  • Watertown Community Center, 8630 Sparta Pike, Watertown

Early voting hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

The county's regular polling places will be open on Election Day, October 1.

In Rutherford County, the wheel tax is $50, its $25.75 in Williamson County and $55 in Davidson County.

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