Dawson County Commissioners approved a referendum last week that will allow Dawson County voters to decide if liquor can be sold on Sundays in the county.
By a vote of 3-0, District 4 Commissioner Julie Hughes Nix was absent, the county decided to place two questions on the March 6 presidential preference primary. The two issues at hand in the questions will be whether or not voters want to allow liquor by the drink sales and package store sales on Sunday, between 12:30-11:30 p.m.
City of Dawsonville voters approved Sunday sales in the November election - 63 percent to 37 percent.
Ive had a lot of package stores talk to me, wanting us to vote on it right away, and I told them that if they would come up with the money we would vote tomorrow, District 3 Commissioner Jimmy Hamby said during the work session two weeks ago. They didnt want to do that.
A special election to vote on the single issue would have cost the county approximately $15,000. The March 6 election was the first opportunity that the county had to place the referendum on an already scheduled voting day.
Im against additional sales of alcohol, but I think it should be left up to the people to make that decision, said District 2 Commissioner James Swafford.
If approved stores and restaurants would be allowed to sell package alcohol sales and the sale of distilled spirits by the drink. Currently, restaurants are allowed to serve beer and wine on Sundays, but no package alcohol sales are permitted.