Two Weeks Until Alcohol Election
POSTED: Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 9:13pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 12:48am
SMITH COUNTY-We're now down to only two weeks before early voting begins to determine whether alcohol will or will not be sold in Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 of Smith County.
Beginning April 27th the voting booth will open for early voting, followed by election day on May 9th.
If you live in Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 you'll be able to vote either for or against the sale of alcohol in your part of the county. Those who don't live in JP Precinct 4 won't be able to vote.
If passed, alcohol can be sold for off-premise use and at restaurants without a club membership.
Since knowing that alcohol could potentially be sold in this area, the line was drawn and two sides were formed: those for making JP Precinct 4 wet and those against it.
On Saturday morning those who are against it met at the Chapel Hill Volunteer Fire Department to discuss just how they plan on winning the election.
The "Keep Precinct 4 Dry Committee" says they don't believe that going wet will cut taxes and instead alcohol will be more accessible to the youth.
They say it will increase demand on law enforcement and degrade the community.
Tyler attorney Ken Good told us he will do whatever it takes to make sure that the "sin industry" stays out of Smith County.
"This county has been dry for almost 100 years and part of what makes Smith County so popular for business and people moving here is its uniqueness," Good said. "I think we need to celebrate our uniqueness and not listen to four or five people who want to make a lot of money and say things that aren't true."
Early Voting: April 27th- May 5th
Election Day: May 9th
For more information on the "Keep Precinct 4 Dry Committee" go to: www.KeepPrecinct4Dry.com
For more information on the "Smith County Citizens for Economic Growth" go to: www.SmithCountyWins.com