Will parts of Smith County stay dry?
POSTED: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 8:48pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 9, 2012 - 3:09pm
Tyler, TX — Tomorrow is a big day. Beer and wine sales in parts of Smith County has been an on-going issue.
Many people feel beer and wine sales would be good for the economy, bringing more jobs and increasing tax revenue.
Some people disagree.
KETK went to two liquor stores in Smith County to hear what East Texans have to say about having beer and wine sales on the ballot.
Store Clerk, Vicky Ma, at Kilo's Liquor, in Frankston tells KETK she would not be happy if it passes because it will hurt the store's business. Store Clerk, Timothy Rickard says "He wouldn't be surprised".
Ma tells KETK, she is worried that she will lose all her customers, and she has a lot of customer's from Smith County.
When KETK visited Kilo's liquor Monday, a Tyler resident tells KETK he hopes it will pass because he is tired of driving 30 minutes to pick up a 12-pack of beer, then drive back just so he can have beer to watch is football game. He also says it would be good for Tyler.
In September, Economist, Ray Perryman released a study of how alcohol sales would bring more revenue to retail centers, grocery stores and even create more jobs.
Perryman says, alcohol sales will add nearly 5-million in additional sales tax revenue.