Whether you're for it or against it, voters in Lebanon have between Wednesday and Sept. 23 to voice their opinion on it.
At issue is whether to raise the sales tax in Lebanon by 1/2 cent. And it’s an quick, easy process since it’s the only item on the ballot.
The question on the ballot will be, “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”
The Lebanon City Council voted to hold a 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 be held for Lebanon voters. The election will be in September rather than with the November election at the council’s request.
Early voting will be available through Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. until noon except on Sept. 3 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.
As of Sunday, there were 16,296 voters in Lebanon. It would be a wonderful display of democracy to see each and every one of those people represented by a vote when the polls close Sept. 23.
City officials have big plans for the money that would be generated by this increase in sales tax. Make sure your voice is heard on whether you agree or disagree with these plans.
After all, as taxpayers, it’s your money, as well as your decision on how it’s spent.