GALLATIN, Tenn. - Sumner County residents rejected the proposed wheel tax Tuesday with an over three-fourths of the vote.
While many voters headed to the polls on Tuesday to pick a Presidential Candidate, in one county the hot button issue wasn't picking a nominee but whether or not they should pay more every year to register their car.
In Sumner County many voters were discussing the potential wheel tax increase. County Commissioners behind the increase said the extra $25 per year would benefit the school system, but not all residents agree.
"It's utterly ridiculous. Why should we pay more," asked one voter.
The proposed wheel tax increase would change the Sumner County wheel tax from $50 per year to $75. And while that may not seem like a large change, it could add up for families with multiple cars, as it costs $75 per car to register. So a family with a few cars can easily pay an extra hundred dollars every year.
For many, like resident Annie Harris, the extra $25 would mean she would have to worker harder to fit the wheel tax into her already fixed income.
"Well I try to budget for it because I know it is coming and I don't want a ticket so I budget for it," said Harris
While many residents were against the increase, some saw the benefit.
"I think if it helps the schools it's a good thing," said a resident.
Supporters of the increased wheel tax knew that it could mean a difference for children, because the increase is supposed to help the Sumner County Schools.