Crawford Co. to vote on Sunday Alcohol Sales
Within the last year, over 110 cities and counties have approved the sales of alcohol on Sundays in the state of Georgia. Peach and Houston counties voted to go wet in July's primary elections.
now, Crawford County voters will decide the issue in two weeks.
"Some of our businesses felt like they were at a disadvantage and felt like they were losing sales," said County Manager Pat Kelly.
Kelly said while it's a competitive issue for local business, it's a sales tax issue for the county.
"If they are in the county and want to spend money in the county on beer and alcohol, they'll have the opportunity to buy it in Crawford," he said. "Rather than traveling to Bibb or Houston or another surrounding county."
The county will let the people decide. Many people WGXA spoke with said that they were against Sunday alcohol sales, but not all.
"Everyone else has it," said Cynthia Tucker of Roberta. "They have passed the law and I think it will bring money into the county, which we need. It's (the Sunday prohibition) not going to stop people from getting alcohol, they're going to go to other counties."
Kelly says he doesn't see the potential Sunday sales causing any problems throughout the county, but giving local businesses a fighting chance.
"They have indicated they're losing sales and we want to be on a level playing field," he said.
Only one local business, The Watering Hole, has a pouring license within Crawford County, meaning they can serve over the counter alcohol. Others such as grocery and convenience stores are allowed to sell packaged alcohol on any other day except Sunday.
When asked whether he thinks that's about to change or not, Kelly answered.
"That's tough, I don't know, I guess we're about to find out."
Decision day is Tuesday, November 6. Residents of the Incorporated city of Roberta will have to go to the Board of Education's Auditorium to vote on the issue and then go to their designated polling place to cast ballots for the county-wide and presidential election.