Sales tax hike would give raises to Wilson County teachers

Posted at 9:08 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 23:51:55-05

LEBANON, Tenn. (WTVF) — Voters have a big decision to make on Tuesday, and it has nothing to do with the nomination for President of the United States.

In Wilson County, voters will have to ask themselves if they are willing to pay more in sales tax to give longtime teachers in the county a raise.

The proposal would result in 5 extra cents in sales tax for every $10 spent, and Wilson County would use its share of the revenue to go toward raises for Wilson County teachers.

While Wilson County voters turned down a sales tax increase just two years ago, supporters of the increase say they think voters will pass this year's proposal, because it would go specifically to teachers.

"In this case, the voters in Wilson County, Tennessee can go to the polls on March 3 and vote for teachers, and know those teachers will be getting a pay raise," said Tom Sotteck with the group Voters for Education. "There's no doubt about it."

The Wilson County Republican Party has spoken out against the sales tax increase, saying Wilson County Schools should budget for the teacher raises instead.