POSTED: Friday, January 25, 2013 - 6:44pm
UPDATED: Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 7:05pm
Whitehouse, Texas (KETK) — -- Supporters for beer and wine sales in Whitehouse showed up at city hall today with a long list of names of people wanting beer and wine to be sold in their city.
The Treasurer of the Economic Growth Committee , Phil Rogers says, "Ten miles any direction you can go get your beer and wine, and anyone that wants it is going that direction, and I would rather the tax dollars and sales tax money stay in Whitehouse." Rogers says he want to be on the same playing field as other cities like Tyler and Troup.
The petition started circulating around the city of Whitehouse on January 9, 2013. The signatures represent people in Whitehouse and JP-1 who are proponents of beer and wine sales.
Smith County Election Administrator Karen Nelson says 1,835 signatures are needed for JP- 1, but only 735 are needed for the city of Whitehouse and they surpasses that number with thousand people signing the city petition.
Some Whitehouse residents agree with Rogers, Wendy Kitchens has lived in Whitehouse for a year, she says, "I just think it would bring money into the community that is being lost elsewhere. We’re taking our money and throwing it away basically."
Kitchens’ points out, "There's a big sign that says ‘Shop Whitehouse First’, when you're leaving town.” She says, “You can't shop Whitehouse first if they don't offer the items that you're looking for."
Others Whitehouse residents are totally against it, Connie Ansley says. "I'm hoping that it doesn't pass in Whitehouse.” She says she likes Whitehouse just the way it is, “I went to super one and I saw a there was two drunk people walking out with more alcohol. and I said to myself I'm so glad I live in white house and i don't have to see that, and then I saw the petitions of course here and i was really disappointed."
All of the names on the petition have to be verified within 30 days by the city before they can be counted officially, if that goes through they will call an election in May with alcohol sales on the ballot.