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Whitehouse businesses anticipate beer and wine sales

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 5:55pm

The citizens of Whitehouse cast their ballots last Saturday. May 11th, and now, they will join the realms of their neighbors by going wet.

Whitehouse assistant city manager, Kevin Huckabee says, after city council canvasses the votes next Tuesday, then permit process will can start, “May the 21st then they will be able to submit applications for permits."

Huckabee says, they were projected to lose about 40% of sales tax revenue if beer and wine sales didn't pass. Now, Whitehouse can anticipate gaining sales tax revenue, which is good news for local businesses.

Pam Patel has owned the shell gas station off of Highway 110 in Whitehouse for the last 10 years.

She says, “We are going to apply for a permit.” Patel adds that the location of her store will help boost sales, especially during the summer months.

She says, "It should increase overall, because we are closer to the lake, and everyone here is going to be selling beer and wine as well, so, it should increase our sales."

Patel says keeping her hard earned money at home is the goal. "As a business we want to keep the money here in Whitehouse."

Huckabee says, since Tyler and Bullard went wet they have seen a decrease money for their city, "I think that the big step for the city is not losing that sales tax revenue.

But, he says as far how much of benefit Whitehouse will see because of beer and wine sales…"As far as the economic advantages will have, i guess the future will tell..."

Businesses here in Whitehouse can start applying to T.A.B.C. for permits by next Wednesday.

After that the city will inspect the business to make sure they comply with all ordinances and sales should begin soon.

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