City of Rusk passes liquor sales, locals react to election results

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POSTED: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 6:16pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 6:17pm

Rusk has just been added to the list of East Texas cities that can now sell liquor for off-premise consumption. Couple years back, Rusk passed wine and beer for off premise consumption. People we spoke with Monday say it was only a matter of time before Rusk sold liquor as well, but not everyone is happy about it.

Saturday, the city of Rusk voted to become even more "wet"--- passing the sale of liquor for off premise consumption.

Rusk has been selling beer and wine in convenience stores for a couple of years now...

but it's package stores, like this one (Fat Dog), that already have the space to sell liquor.

"right now this Fat Dog location in Rusk only can sell beer and wine, but the store clerk just told me, they're looking forward to selling liquor by the forth of July."

Reverend James Goforth has spent fifty years in the Christian ministry; he's the president of C.A.L.L., Citizens Against the Legalization of Liquor.

He says he blames the results on the small voter turnout.

"there were 2200 registered voters and according to the vote count that we got the other night, 418 voted and...
so that's disappointing that so many people either just didn't care or didn't just take the time, didn't see it as an important issue in our community."

According to former Rusk Mayor, Charles Horton... it's a good move for the city.

"we're hoping for 40, 50, 60 thousand dollars a year in taxes."

Horton, who drives elsewhere to buy booze, says he wants to keep his hard earned cash in Rusk.

"the other day, i went to Cuney and spent 200 dollars over there, so that tax money went to Cuney... it could've stayed right here."

Now it'll take around 30 to 45 days before stores can get their liquor license, and several months after that before sales tax revenue numbers come in.

Meanwhile, people like Reverend Goforth, say they will continue to look to God to provide what they need.

 

Jessica Wilson/ KETKnbc.com

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