March 5, 2014 —
“We project that we would take in annual revenue of about $100,000 from alcohol sales for a full fiscal year,” said Grayson Mayor George Steele.
The city charges a six percent fee on packaged sales and four percent on alcohol by the drink.
Revenues collected from alcohol sales would have to be used for operations directly related to regulating the industry or for increased city services required as a result of legalization.
For example, new revenues could be spent for additional police and fire protection or to pay the ABC administrator’s salary.
Groups opposed to legalized sales, primarily faith-based, make the case that alcohol consumption would dramatically increase because of easy access.
“There are those trying to convince us that for Olive Hill to succeed it must have legalized alcohol sales which could cause the undesirable result of on-the-street consumption and barrooms up and down the streets,” wrote former mayor Jim Short in a Feb. 26 letter to the editor of the Journal-Times.
Advertisements for and against legalized sales also appear in this week’s issue.
The local option election will be held next Tuesday, March 11, at the Olive Hill Senior Community Center on Railroad Street. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. For a ride to the polls, call 315-2003.
Joe Lewis can be reached at email@example.com or by telephone at 286-4201.