Sumner County reconsiders wheel tax increase - WKRN News 2

Sumner County reconsiders wheel tax increase

Posted: Updated: Aug 21, 2012 02:38 PM CDT
GALLATIN, Tenn. -

Sumner County voters will now decide in November if they want to up their vehicle tags cost to help local schools.

Right now the so-called "wheel tax" costs residents $75. Of that, $51 goes to local government and the remaining $24 goes to the state.

Of the county's $51, $35 currently goes to the school district, $15 goes to county's road department and $1 goes to the county clerk's office.

Monday night, Sumner County Commissioners gave final okay to add another referendum on raising the wheel tax.

By a vote of 21-1 with one abstention, the commission decided to let voters in the November election decide if they want to raise car tags by $25.

All of it, about $3 million a year, would go to schools.

Earlier this year, Sumner County residents overwhelmingly voted 78-22 percent against a proposal to raise the county's wheel tax.

The Sumner County School Board meets Tuesday night to consider what to do with its budget that's about $2 million more than what has been approved by the Sumner County Commission.

The board will also consider how to make up the days lost when it kept schools from opening because of its budget impasse with the county commission.

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