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Why I do not support donating $850,000.00 to Cumberland University

Why I do not support donating $850,000.00 to Cumberland University

Over the last couple of weeks there has been a lot of discussion, pro and con about whether the city should use tax money to support the Cumberland Corner Project.

Like everyone else in Lebanon I am greatful for the presence of the University and for the positive impact it has on the community.

I am greatful for Dr. Paul Stumb and the staff at Cumberland for all they do for Wilson Co.

Having said that. Here is the reality of what we will do tonight.

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Why are we having a tax increase?


I don’t like tax increases anymore than anyone else. In fact, I have spent most of my political career fighting what I considered unfair or just too much of an increase in taxes.  That being said, let’s talk about the current proposal to increase the city property tax rate to .8575.

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Why did the city purchase the Mitchell House?


When Mayor Fox and the City purchased the Main Building at Castle Heights it was in a state of disrepair and we were in danger of losing part of our history and our heritage. Many of the other buildings on the campus have already disappeared and there is nothing we can do about that now.

We can do something about the Mitchell House and the City has made that possible by purchasing it and therefore being able to control the future of this historical structure for many years to come.

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