Alcohol referendum on horizon

Alcohol referendum on horizon

April 17th, 2013 by Rachel Sauls-Wright in Local Regional News

Sunday alcohol sales and liquor by the drink could be on the Walker County ballot this November.

Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell said at her most recent commissioner's meeting she is leaning towards putting them both on the ballot and letting the people decide for themselves whether or not they are in favor of the measures.

"This is not for me," she said. "It's for the county and what they want. I think they should have the opportunity to vote their issues. These are economic development issues."

The Commissioner said there is currently a petition circulating in the county to get liquor by the drink on the ballot, although she said she did not know particulars. Heiskell said she does not anticipate the measure will pass and that she expects there will be groups both in favor and opposed to both alcohol referendums.

She said she has heard from convenience store owners who claim their business suffers when people choose to purchase beer in nearby Catoosa County since they can't buy it on Sundays in Walker County.

"I don't think I should force my will on others," she said. "This way I can find out what people in the community want."

In other news, Heiskell said she heard from Senator Jeff Mullis last week after he took a trip to Nashville. On that trip, she said he spoke with both the Governor and members of the general assembly. Part of that discussion centered around the possibility of Volkswagen expanding supplier plants into North Georgia. With limited space in Hamilton County and Chattanooga, Heiskell said Walker County would welcome new industry.