Gilmer business owner petitions alcohol vote


POSTED: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:11pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 8:01pm

Members of the Gilmer Committee for Economic Growth are taking steps to make alcohol sales legal in Upshur County. The committee has gathered over 430 signatures for a petition to allow residents to vote on alcohol sales.

The petition is now awaiting approval, if approved two propositions will be on the May ballot. The first is to approve the sale of beer and wine at stores, the second is to approve the sale of mixed beverages at restaurants.

Members of the committee say the county is missing out on nearly $500,000 a year in alcohol sales tax monies. That money could be used to improve roads, assist law enforcement, and go towards education.

Restaurant owner Jose H. Cavazos says alcohol sales would help his restaurant tremendously as customers frequently leave when they find out there is no alcohol. Cavazos says the alcohol sales will benefit the entire community.

"It's good for the whole economy. Not just for a restaurant or a business. Its for the whole city," says Cavazos. "It's a good thing to do because sales tax is only $8.25 when alcohol tax is like 14 percent so actually you almost double your tax revenue by selling alcohol." 


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