Georgetown To Vote On Alcohol Sales Tuesday

Jul 30, 2012

GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Georgetown could be the next Kentucky city to go wet. Voters will decide in a special election Tuesday.

The ballot will read: “Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in Georgetown, Kentucky?” Rodney Vinegar, chair of the economic development committee that pushed for the vote thinks Georgetown citizens are ready to vote yes.

"Not only has its time come, but I think it's past time. I think it's something we probably should have done three or four years ago. It was just a matter of getting the individuals to wind around it and getting the organization to make it happen," he says.

A yes vote would allow package sales at groceries and convenience stores. Georgetown would go wet within 60 days of certifying the election results. But the town of 29-thousand has a history of rejecting expanded alcohol sales. One group, Scott Countians Against Drugs, says there will be negative public health effects if youth are exposed to more alcohol and alcohol advertisements. But proponents believe the expected increase in revenue is enough to tip the scales in their favor. Eleven city precincts and portions of 11 others will vote in the special election.