Wilson County election commissioners met Tuesday morning to inspect voting machines and review plans for a sales tax referendum in Lebanon.
Early voting started Wednesday morning to allow Lebanon voters to decide on the half-cent sales tax increase. As of Sunday, there were 16,296 registered voters in Lebanon, according to Tammy Stokes, assistant administrator of elections.
The Lebanon City Council voted to hold the referendum to raise the local sales and use tax from 2.25 percent to 2.75 percent in March. The Wilson County Commission voted to opt in to the sales tax referendum and include the question on the county general election ballot.
As a result of the countywide sales tax question failing to be approved in the Aug. 7 election, a special election will let Lebanon voters decide. The election will be in September rather than with the November election at the council’s request.
The question on the ballot is, “Shall Ordinance No. 14-4530, passed by the Lebanon City Council on the 4th day of March 2013 and published in the Lebanon Democrat, a newspaper of general circulation in Wilson County, which levied an additional tax on the same privileges subject to the Retailers’ Sales Tax Act under Chapter 6, Parts 1-6, Title 67, Tennessee Code Annotated, as the same may be amended, which are exercised within the City of Lebanon, to be levied and collected as provided in the Act at an amended rate of 2.75%, except as limited or modified by statute, become operative? FOR or AGAINST.”
Early voting will be available through Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. until noon except on Wednesday and Sept. 18 when it will be from 1-6 p.m. at the Wilson County Election Commission Office at 203 E. Main St. in Lebanon.
Registered voters who live in Lebanon are eligible to vote in the election.
On Election Day, voters will vote at the polling places where they normally are assigned. There will be 12 Election Day polls open Sept. 23.Voters are reminded to bring their Tennessee or federally issued photo identification when they come to vote during early voting or on Election Day.
Anyone with questions about where to vote, voting and registering to vote may visit wilsonvotes.com, call 615-444-0216 or come by the Election Commission office in Lebanon.