Voters turn down expanded alcohol sales in Elizabethtown

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 9 at 1:01 AM

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Voters went to the polls on Tuesday facing the question of expanded alcohol sales in the city. A majority of people voted against it.

There were 1,244 people that voted yes, 1,529 people voted no to allowing the city to go completely wet. Currently, restaurants can serve alcohol only if they seat 100 or more people and have 70 percent of their sales in food.

"I'm glad it failed. I'm for a dry county and I liked when it was dry," Darrell Genett said.

Opponents of the alcohol restrictions wanted them eliminated in hopes of attracting businesses like bars or cafes.

"The thing about alcohol is you can tax it all day long and I think it's something that should be put back into the community," John Gritton said.

County clerk, Kenneth Tabb said there was low turnout. Only some 2,700 of the city's 19,000 voters showed up to vote. The measure can't be put back on the ballot for three years.
 

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