School system to benefit from liquor taxes


Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Tim Setterlund informed school board members Monday night that they would be benefitting from liquor-by-the-drink taxes in the near future.

“You may have seen recently that mixed drink tax has not been paid to about 20 districts across the state,” he said.

According to Setterlund, the overlooked taxes locally date back to the early 1990s.

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said liquor-by-the-drink was passed in 1991 – however, the law to split tax revenues 50/50 with the school systems dates back farther.

“The law was passed back in the ’60s, I believe. No one informed us – but we are now discussing it and looking into what the law is,” Craighead said. “We are waiting to get an exact amount and then figure out whether to pay it at once or over a five-year period.”

Mt. Juliet began liquor-by-the-drink sales in 2000.

Between the two cities, Setterlund believes the school system could receive as much as $900,000, he told Coleman Walker on radio station WANT 98.9 FM Tuesday morning. A portion of those funds will also go to the Lebanon Special School District.       

However, other school systems across the state may profit equally – or much, much more.

It was recently reported that Sumner County Schools were owed more than $900,000 and that Hamilton County Schools could receive as much as $11 million.

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