By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post
A move to put an increase in Lebanon’s sale tax rate on the November ballot ended almost as quickly as it began after it was learned that there was not enough time to get the measure before voters before the upcoming Election Day.
City of Lebanon Finance Commissioner Russell Lee called two special meetings of the Lebanon City Council to discuss adding a half-cent (.5) sales tax within the city to the current 2.25 cents charged in Lebanon.
But when he found out the issue could not make the Nov. 4 ballot, he canceled the meetings. He said it is still a possible way for the city to solve its financial problems, though.
The plan at this point is to discuss the issue in a work session and vote on it during regular city council meetings. If the council approved the increase it would then have to go to a referendum vote of the citizens of Lebanon.
In an effort to educate and inform the community, the City of Lebanon, in partner with the Lebanon Police Department, provides its residents and business owners a voluntary police academy.
The six-week program entails lectures, presentations, as well as hands-on activities to teach and inform its participants the many facets of law enforcement and introduce the police department that serves them. This stimulating and informative program will give each enrollee a better sense of the Lebanon Police Department and the issues concerning everyday operations.
Citizens will also have a better understanding of their role in the Community Oriented Policing philosophy.