To the Editor:
I would like to respond to District 19 Wilson County Commissioner LT. Jenkins’s letter about the City of Lebanon’s request for an accounting of how much money is spent by the Wilson County government for and on behalf of City residents.
I respect Mr. Jenkins, but I think he is confused about the issue of the tax inequity. It has nothing to do with sales taxes. The property owners in the City of Lebanon pay property taxes to both the City and Wilson County. The question is, and has always been, what do City of Lebanon property owners get for the tax dollars they pay to the County?
Most of the services they receive are paid for by their city taxes which includes but is not limited to, fire, police, animal control, road work/ paving, sanitation pick up and land fill charges, water, sewer, natural gas, the airport, recreation programs and ball fields, the Greer Center the Community Park, and the Jimmy Floyd Family Life Center. Also, the Lebanon Special School District is funded by an additional property tax that the City residents pay.
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all who shop in the Lebanon city limits but, since Mr. Jenkins seems unaware, would like to point out that one-half of that revenue generated from sales taxes also goes back to the County to fund County schools.
Please understand that I love Wilson County. It is my home, and I, too, want us to all get along. But, I just don’t understand what is wrong with asking our government representatives to get together and see if we can make this tax arrangement fair for those City of Lebanon residents who are paying for services they don’t receive? And, Mr. Jenkins, I am not sure why asking that question should cause such a problem, as I understand, you also represent some of those citizens who live in the City of Lebanon.
Kathy Warmath,Ward 6 Lebanon City Councilor,Lebanon
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