Residents in Sumner County will take to the polls on Tuesday to decide on the future of a referendum that would increase wheel tax costs.
Sumner County resident and motorist Chris Kramer spent $75 for his new vehicle tags on Monday.
If the wheel tax referendum passes on Election Day, the cost to renew tags will increase by $25.
“Seventy-five dollars sounds a lot better than a $100,” Kramer said.
When told the additional money raised would benefit Sumner County students, his tune changed slightly.
“Well, that wouldn't be too bad,” he said.
Sumner County executive Anthony Holt told Nashville's News 2 if the increase is passed, it would raise approximately $3 million to three and a half million dollars for education.
“It would totally be dedicated for schools,” Holt said.
Sumner Board of Education Chairman Ted Wise added, “I think it has a chance [of passing]. It will not solve the problem; however it will ease the pain. We would not have to cut as deeply as we would have had to cut.”
In August, Sumner County schools were closed while the Board of Education and the County Commission went head-to-head over funding.
Finally after an ongoing battle, a budget agreement was reached.
If passed the referendum would guarantee the funds would go to the school's budget and could not be used for any other purpose.
- August 20, 2012: Sumner County reconsiders wheel tax increase
- August 15, 2012: Sumner County students, teachers ready to return to class
- August 14, 2012: School to start Thursday in Sumner County
- August 13, 2012: Sumner County parents ask for tax hike
- August 12, 2012: Sumner County businesses rally to support school system
- August 10, 2012: Emergency meeting called to discuss Sumner County school budget
- August 9, 2012: Parents flood school board meeting to discuss Sumner County budget
- August 8, 2012: Sumner County sits on unused money, Schools remain closed
- August 8, 2012: School funding stalemate drags on in Sumner County
- August 7, 2012: Sumner County's delayed school year could affect sports teams
- August 6, 2012: Still no start date for schools in Sumner County
- August 5, 2012: Sumner County parents to rally in response to closed schools
- August 2, 2012: Sumner County school year delayed until budget reached
- July 16, 2012: Sumner County Commission wants school budget cut