U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Representative Kevin Brady, Chairman, Ways and Means Committee, and Representative Tom Price, Chairman, Budget Committee, who is President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, are among Republican leaders in the U.S. House who support legislation to privatize Medicare by converting it to a "premium support" system.
Mt. Juliet City Commissioners discussed at length Monday night their response to the Wilson County School Board's rejection of their recent counter-offer to settle a lawsuit regarding the city's owed unpaid liquor-by-the drink taxes.
Brenda Ashford works on sweeping the exhibit hall floor as staff at the Wilson County Expo Center make ready for their open house of the new facility Monday. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. with the open house from 5-7 p.m. DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post
The Wilson County School Board rejected the City of Mt. Juliet's counteroffer to settle a lawsuit by the board to secure unpaid liquor-by-the-drink taxes.
It looks like the offer to settle the Wilson County School Board's lawsuit against Mt. Juliet to secure unpaid liquor-by-the-drink taxes has some traction.
Results of the investigation by the District Attorney General into an ethics complaint filed against the Wilson County Board of Education alleging mishandling of government property and the renovation of the former Lebanon High School has been released and deemed, as a whole, to "appear to be legally sound" and "no illegal acts occurred."
Although it's tough to put a dollar figure on the economic impact the National Junior High Rodeo Finals are bringing to Lebanon, some are questioning: "Where is the $10 million in revenue organizers have quoted?"
The expansion and renovation of Tuckers Crossroads and Gladeville schools got the green light from the Wilson County School Board at a special-called meeting Sunday afternoon - while similar projects at Watertown and Southside schools were put on hold.
I experienced firsthand the collective ire of my neighbors when I presented them a petition addressed to the Wilson County Assessor of Property (WCAP) to review and make proper reductions to the 2016 appraised values on our properties. They all received the same notification in the mail early in the week and were understandably upset about the inconceivable increases ranging from 42% to 50%; my case being 44% with the land-only portion 60%. They all signed the petition; many thanking me for taking a stand.
The Wilson County Budget Committee Thursday night deferred a motion by the Education Committee that asked them to consider a property tax increase to cover a major shortfall in their original $54.8 million schools building and expansion plan.
The Wilson County School Board has offered an olive branch to the City of Mt. Juliet April 4 in a nearly two-year-old lawsuit over the city's past failure to share its liquor-by-the-drink (LBD) tax revenues with the county schools.
As has been the case for more than a decade, government in Wilson County and its municipalities spent much of 2015 monitoring, preparing for or dealing with the ramifications of growth.
It seems like we spend a lot of time talking about how great it is to have a healthy sales tax revenue to help to keep our property taxes low. While this is true, it's not the only contributor. The 24 businesses lining the route we know as the 840 corridor bring in over $4 million a year in both real and personal property taxes, but this hasn't always been the case.
The Wilson County Commission approved the 2015-16 budget and set a tax rate before receiving a visit from the ghost of James E. Ward Monday night.
Wilson County Commissioners voted last week to increase their own pay from $400 a month to $800 a month by a vote of 16-6 with three commissioners absent.
City Finance Commissioner Robert Springer says a Lebanon City Council member's quotation of him last week needs some clarification to be more specific about the city's financial condition.
Sales tax collections in Wilson County are growing, and Lebanon continues to collect more than Mt. Juliet, but the Joint Economic and Community Development Board (JECDB) notes in its new annual report that the revenue growth is good for everyone.
Wilson County will be building an 86,000-square-foot Expo Center at the James E. Ward Ag Center soon. Following extensive discussion Monday night, the Wilson County Commission voted 17-7 in favor of the plan to start work on the proposed center, at a cost of up to $10 million that the commission's vote approved borrowing.
No pet tax has been proposed and no vote has been taken on any animal issues, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead informed a large crowd of pet owners at Monday evening's public hearing to discuss those issues.
To keep good employees working for the City of Lebanon, the proposed $25 million city budget for the upcoming fiscal year contains three types of raises - an across-the-board 1.5 percent pay increase; a minimum starting wage of $11 per hour for new full-time employees; and a $200 hike in the year-end annual bonus for all city workers, from $300 to $500.
Wilson County Schools are set to grow. The Wilson County School Board spent about two hours in a work session Thursday evening viewing details of a nearly $270 million five-year construction and equipment plan which would build and furnish five new schools, and expand or renovate five others.
It's not like we can't remember the deadline. Just like Christmas is always on Dec. 25, Uncle Sam's birthday presents from Aunt Becky are always due on April 15. Even so, every year, I find myself scrambling through faded receipts making sure to count every deduction.
City of Lebanon Finance Commissioner Robert Springer reported that sales tax collected in November was up $83,000 from November 2013.
Lebanon City Council voted 5-1 Wednesday morning (Nov. 26) to approve, on second reading, renewing city retirees' insurance with only two changes to their benefits, following an amendment proposed by Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino.
A former Wilson County Commissioner believes the proposed resolution to dissolve the Domestic Animal Tax passed by voters in a 1980 referendum is wrong and vows to fight it.
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