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County Commission to vote on budget, guns, tax Monday

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By BEN DUDLEYThe Wilson Post

Wilson County Commission is set to approve a budget of $190.8 million for fiscal year 2009-2010 during its regular meeting Monday night at 7.

Commission will also vote on a resolution to appropriate the funds and will vote on another measure to set the county property tax rate which remains unchanged at $2.43.

Prior to the meeting, commission will hold a public hearing on the budget at 6 p.m. The public hearing and the meeting will be in the commission’s chambers at the Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.

Also during the meeting, commission is to consider a resolution to ban guns in county parks. The county owns the two softball fields at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center/Wilson County Fairgrounds. Commission’s Agricultural Management Committee voted Tuesday night voted to ban guns at the ball park during its meeting Tuesday.

Commission is also to consider a resolution sponsored by District 1 Commissioner Larry West to increase the county’s adequate facilities tax, or impact fee, to $8,000 for a single-family unit, $16,000 for a duplex, $24,000 for a triplex and $8,000 per unit for a development with four or more units.

West said the increase would help pay for a new Lebanon High School and that new residents to the county should have to help pay for a new school rather than leaving it all to those who have lived here all of their lives or who have been here for a number of years.

West is bringing the resolution to the full commission without a recommendation from the panel’s Budget Committee.

“In my opinion, this will kill the growth (of the county’s population),” said Wilson County Mayor Robert Dedman. “Look at Cheatham County. A few years ago, they raised their impact fee and they are still trying to recover from the hit they took.”

Staff Writer Ben Dudley may be contacted at ben@wilsonpost.com.

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