To the Editor:
There is a way Lebanon High School can be constructed without raising any taxes.
There is a reserve fund for closing a Class A (household garbage) landfill; however, we do not have one ready to close.
1. Apply for an industrial access grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and match it the reserve fund. There will be 50 to 60 years to build up another reserve for closing.
2. Purchase rights-of-way for a new landfill access road (TDOT or the Nashville and Eastern Railroad Authority can lend technical expertise for the acquisition).
3. Close down Dump Road and build an access road fro the new bypass into the Class A landfill site.
4. The Class A (household garbage) and Demolition (building material) landfills will produce enough revenues to be a self-sustaining operation.
5. Lebanon should be allowed to place city hauled garbage into the new Class A landfill free of charge to offset the fire service issue that no one has solved. I believe the City of Lebanon is currently hauling to Rutherford County and paying to place garbage in a private for profit landfill.
6. Use the reserve fund that is supposed to be in place to open the Class A landfill and quit hauling Wilson County household waste to Walter Hill near Murfreesboro.
7. Shift the landfill and convenience center property taxes saved into a school building construction fund, issue bonds and build Lebanon High School
8. Issue tax anticipation notes and get the construction under way immediately.
This can be done and should be done. If someone has a concern that it will not work, there should be opportunity for public debate in the Lebanon High School gymnasium. District 25 Wilson County Commissioner Randy Hall and Larry Hubbard can be the moderators.
Editor’s Note: Mr. Kelley is a former Wilson County Executive and a former Wilson County Road Superintendent.
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