Letter on Sales Tax Referendum
As your Director of Schools, I am writing this letter to provide you with important information about the Sales Tax Referendum that will be on the ballot for the November 6, 2018 election.
Our school district's student enrollment has increased significantly in the last five years and we are aware of population projections that this growth trend will continue here and in most of Middle Tennessee. The increase in enrollment has resulted in the need for construction of new schools. In addition, the District must also maintain and renovate existing schools in order to continue to provide the best educational opportunities for all of our students.
The education portion of the revenue from the proposed half-cent sales tax increase will be designated to fund new construction and renovations of existing school buildings. The sales tax referendum provides the citizens of Wilson County the opportunity to decide an alternative to raising the property tax rate in order to generate necessary revenue to cover these types of expenses.
The Wilson County Board of Education approved a resolution supporting the approval of the sales tax increase on October 1, 2018. My position does not allow me to advocate for or against this election, but I can confirm WCS currently lacks the funding to build additional classrooms needed for students. More specifically, we will need to build additional schools and upgrade and maintain our existing school campuses. I encourage you, your family, and friends, to let your voice be heard by voting on November 6.
For more information about the upcoming Sales Tax Referendum, view the Sales Tax Information Sheet.
Dr. Donna Wright
Director of Schools