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Sumner County Commission Approves Wheel Tax Referendum

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by Emily Luxen

SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. - A possible increase to the Sumner County wheel tax will go before voters in November, after a vote from Sumner County Commissioners Monday night.

If passed, the county vehicle registration fee would increase by $25 dollars, with the additional money going to county schools. Supporters argue the tax could help generate $2.5 - $3 million per year for schools, and could prevent teacher layoffs. 

Several Sumner County parents and teachers addressed commissioners and said they would support the wheel tax increase, but still do not think it is a long term solution to the school funding woes.  Others still argued a property tax increase would generate more money for schools long term.

Commissioners have voted down property tax increases at previous meetings, and also declined to support an immediate passing of the wheel tax increase.

If passed by voters in November, the tax increase would go into effect Dec. 1. The same tax increase was defeated overwhelmingly at the polls in March.

Classes in Sumner County schools started Thursday after a nearly two-week delay as school board members demanded more than $7-million in extra funding to avoid layoffs.

After lowering that number to $3-million, the board finally accepted $800,000 to get school's back open.  School officials say the district will still have to make $1.96 million in cuts.

The school board will meet again Tuesday to discuss possible layoffs and the school calendar.

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