5 ETX cities will have alcohol on the May ballot
POSTED: Friday, April 11, 2014 - 6:11pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 1:41pm
Quitman, Tx (KETK) — Alcohol is once again making it's way on the ballot now for five different cities. Three in Van Zandt County, Canton, Van, Grand Saline and also in the cities of Gilmer and Quitman.
A handful of Quitman city residents are ready to see a change in their area.
"Everyone around has turned wet and people are doing their shopping other than Quitman. We want our tax dollars brought into our city and shopping brought back here," said Quitman resident Judith Sanders.
Sanders said since their neighboring town Mineola went wet, a lot of Quitman residents spend their money there.
"My neighbor for instance goes to Mineola to buy wine for her husband and while she's there she buys gas and groceries we want her spending it here," said Sanders.
Owner of Texas Tea Room restaurant in Quitman Jan Joiner Gorman agreed.
"I just think we're losing tax dollars to all cities around us when we can be keeping it in our city."
She said especially when Quitman hosts big fishing tournaments, a lot of outsiders go to different cities to have an alcoholic drink
"It would be nice to have the fisherman come here," said Gorman.
But, others want to keep their city dry.
"I just feel like the potential for abuse and for problems is more inherit," said Max Callahan, who is part of the Concerned Citizens of Van Zandt County.
Callahan was employed with Canton ISD for more than 40 years. He said having alcohol in their town will affect many in a negative way.
"I've seen how alcohol adversely affected the young people's lives and the lives of their families."
Early voting begins April 28 and runs through May 6. Election day is May 10.