Two similar, yet quite different, sets of plans are on the table now that could bring significant changes to Lebanon and Wilson County residents’ lives in the future, and it’s important they be studied carefully.
The first involves the Cumberland Community Development Center in Lebanon, which was first proposed two years ago but has changed significantly since that time.
The plan involves empowering an already existing community development board made up of both city and county leaders to oversee collection of sales and property taxes within 257 acres near the Interstate 40 interchange at Cumberland Street.
The money collected would go into a savings account that would eventually build an events center in the center of the development to allow for hockey, concerts, high school graduations, proms and more.
Already, the plan has unanimously passed the Lebanon City Council. Both a public forum and work session are set for Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, respectively, at the Town Meeting Hall. The forum will be from 4-7 p.m. and the work session starts at 6 p.m.
The second set of plans involve a tax increase on the amount paid by local motels and hotels within Wilson County called an occupancy tax that would be used to build an expo center at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.
Events, such as livestock shows, rodeos, concerts, conferences and more, could be found at the proposed expo center currently on the table before the Wilson County Commission.
Several months ago, the commission asked for a feasibility study to be done regarding the expo center, and now those results are back and available for the public’s review in a meeting set for Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Wilson County Courthouse.
On the surface, the two centers planned appear similar, but are quite different in the events each can attract.
We urge everyone to ask questions and learn more about both these plans.
After all, these proposals affect everyone.