Alcohol sales on the ballot for Whitehouse


POSTED: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 9:51pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 10:03pm

Early voting began in Smith County on Monday for the May 11th election, and the city of Whitehouse could soon be a wet city.

The community has the chance to vote for alcohol sales and it's the only measure on the ballot for their city. There's a lot of mixed reaction about alcohol sales.

Some citizens want to keep their city dry, but the city of Whitehouse needs the revenue.

"We could go to wal-mart we could go to troup... it's there and we certainly know that our friends and neighbors are drinking alcohol all around us... it's not like it's really dry," says Pastor Ray Davis, of First Baptist Church in Whitehouse.

He adds, "We would to keep it the community as friendly place for family and kids as we can."

As you drive through the city of Whitehouse you see how strongly the community feels about keeping booze and spirits off their shelves. The proposition is for or against "the legal sale of beer and wine off-premise consumption only".

Phil Rogers, Treasurer of the 'Whitehouse Committee for Growth' says, the small city needs the revenue.

"I'm concerned about the growth in our city, where all the surrounding cities sales tax is going up and where ours in going into the negative, just want to keep the city going in the right direction and give our residents every opportunity to get the things in our town instead of going outside our town. The store is our biggest employer in our city and we need to keep as much of our sales tax money here," says Phil Rogers, Treasurer of the 'Whitehouse Committee for Growth.

In 2010, the same measure didn't pass, only to sell mixed drinks in restaurants.

Rogers says, this upcoming election will reflect on their economic development.

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