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Shouldnt commission vote on school construction funding?

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To the Editor:

The county commissioners are elected by the people of Wilson County to make tough decisions like whether to raise the wheel tax to fund a new Lebanon High School and to buy land for a future Watertown High School. The commissioners voting for a referendum seems like an easy way out for them to not be blamed for having to raise taxes or voting against the funding.

I will vote for funding a new school by increasing the wheel tax because from what I have seen and read I believe a new school is needed in Lebanon and in Watertown in the future. Also, I will vote for it because my son who is in the fourth grade at Sam Houston Elementary will be going to Lebanon High School some day.

I hope the increase in the wheel tax passes, but I can see voters who do not have children who do, or would, attend these schools would vote against extra taxes in these tough economic times. I hope that I am wrong, but I am afraid when the votes are counted we will be back to where we started minus the $100,000 cost to hold this referendum

Richard GammonLebanon 

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