Photo: Information Technology Support Specialist Wendell White and Williamson County Election Administrator Chad Gray get ready for the election Tuesday at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library
By LANDON WOODROOF
Early voting for a county-wide referendum to raise the local option sales tax will begin Wednesday morning, Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library.
The County Sales and Use Tax Special Referendum, if passed, would increase the local option sales tax by half a cent, from 2.25 percent to 2.75 percent, to help fund Williamson County Schools debt.
Voting begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday and runs until 4:30 p.m. Early voting will continue at the library through Feb. 1. From Jan. 29 through Feb. 1, hours will be extended from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Referendum day itself is Tuesday, Feb. 6.
Williamson County Election Administrator Chad Gray was at the library Tuesday afternoon with other county employees helping to get things ready for early voting.
Those employees unloaded boxes and equipment from a pickup truck in the midst of frigid temperatures and icy roads.
“We’re forging ahead,” Gray said. “Hopefully this is all the bad weather for this week. We hope it will be safe for everybody to get out and vote.”
Early voting also begins tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. at the Williamson County Election Commission’s office at 1320 West Main Street in Franklin.
Unlike many elections, Williamson County registered voters can vote early at any polling location.
“Anyone in the county can vote at any early voting site regardless of their precinct and registration,” Gray said.
The number of early voting sites will expand on the last four days of the election, from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1.
On those dates, voters will also be able to participate early at:
Williamson County Ag Expo Center in Franklin
Fairview Recreation Center
Nolensville Recreation Center
Longview Recreation Center in Spring Hill
“We don’t anticipate a very large turnout so we limited those sites to four days,” Gray said. “They are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.”
Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson toured several municipalities in Williamson County this past summer in an effort to attract support for a cost-sharing agreement related to the sales tax issue.
Those municipalities, including Brentwood, Franklin, Nolensville, Spring Hill and Thompson’s Station, agreed to give their half of the new sales tax revenue to the county for a three-year period in order to help with costs associated with new school construction.
The John P. Holt Brentwood Library is set to open at noon tomorrow at the earliest for regular patrons due to the weather, but early voting will begin at 9 a.m.