Much has been said and written about the City of Mt. Juliet’s plan to purchase the 12 acre site of the former Mt. Juliet Elementary School and donate 8 of the 12 acres to the YMCA.
The Wilson County Commission passed a resolution in December of 2007 laying out the terms they would agree to. That Resolution (07-12-3) gave the City 60 days to respond, “or the offer shall be considered withdrawn.” The 60 days expired in February of 2008. Mt. Juliet didn’t take any action on the offer until much later.
The proposal finally adopted by a 3-2 vote of the City Commission, directed the City Manager to buy the property from the County and stated the Commissions intention to use the proceeds of the new hotel/motel tax to pay the five annual installments of $210,000. Whether the hotel/motel tax will actually yield $210,000 per year is a matter of some debate.
In addition to paying the County $1,050,000 over five years, the County also stipulated that the County “will be relieved of any obligation to contribute to the construction of improvements to Curd Road. . . The Nine Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($950,000) previously discussed as a contribution by Wilson County, Tennessee shall be credited to the purchase price and Wilson County, Tennessee shall have no further obligation to the construction of improvements to Curd Road.”