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Editorials should speak out against Medicare privatization
Editorials should speak out against Medicare privatization

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.

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MJ, school board still at odds over back-taxes owed
MJ, school board still at odds over back-taxes owed

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.

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Now it's built... will they come?
Now it's built... will they come?
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

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School board rejects MJ offer to settle liquor back-taxes
School board rejects MJ offer to settle liquor back-taxes

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.

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MJ OKs pending agreement to settle school board lawsuit
MJ OKs pending agreement to settle school board lawsuit

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.

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DA's clears schools in ethics complaint
DA's clears schools in ethics complaint

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."

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Where's the beef?
Where's the beef?

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?"

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TXR, Gladeville get green light; Southside, Watertown to wait
TXR, Gladeville get green light; Southside, Watertown to wait

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.

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A teachable moment
A teachable moment

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.

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Budget Committee defers talk of tax increase for schools
Budget Committee defers talk of tax increase for schools

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.

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Compromise offered on alcohol tax
Compromise offered on alcohol tax

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.

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Year in Review: Growth spurs changes in Wilson
Year in Review: Growth spurs changes in Wilson

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.

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A Little Vision Can Go a Long Way

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.

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County budget, tax rate, alcohol sales at Expo passed
County budget, tax rate, alcohol sales at Expo passed

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.

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WC Commissioners double their pay, cut taxpayers to the quick
WC Commissioners double their pay, cut taxpayers to the quick

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.

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Current spending won't hike taxes

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.

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Sales tax revenues booming locally

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.

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Expo Center gets 'green light'
Expo Center gets 'green light'

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.

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Pet owners crowd into hearing
Pet owners crowd into hearing

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.

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Raises coming for Lebanon city employees

Lebanon next to last in employee pay, trails MJ by $9K-10K average

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.

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Board wants land to build 5 new schools, cost of $270 million
Board wants land to build 5 new schools, cost of $270 million

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.

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Telling Tales: Tax Season
Telling Tales: Tax Season

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.

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Lebanon leader excited about projected sales tax surplus

City of Lebanon Finance Commissioner Robert Springer reported that sales tax collected in November was up $83,000 from November 2013.

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Council OKs cuts in retirees' insurance

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.

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Vote could change pet fees

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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School system to benefit from liquor taxes

Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Tim Setterlund informed school board members Monday night that they would be benefitting from liquor-by-the-drink taxes in the near future.

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