Liquor store referendum passes in city
According to the Carter County Election Commission, 2,742 voters approved the referendum.
Join the discussion below, or Read more at The Elizabethton Star.
#1 Nov 7, 2012
I know a lot of people are upset by this, but I wanted to give a few facts on this.
This really will not impact the number of DUI's or drunk driving.
If you will go to google and look up some statistics done in other areas, you will find that "dry" counties have higher DUI related incidents than those that have bars and liquor stores.
Why is this?? If nearby counties have bars and liquor stores, people will travel there to drink and then drive back to their home counties..longer driving distances while impaired.
If they can get it closer to home, they are more likely to just go home and drink or find it easier to find a ride..or just be luckier because they can get home quicker without incident.
But even if E-town had chosen to remain dry, people would still be driving to Johnson City and other areas and drinking and then driving back to E-town.
However the voting went would not stop this at all.
...only if there was no place nearby to get alcohol would it make a difference..and that hasn't been the case in quite some time..
then there is the issue of people driving impaired on other things...prescription drugs, illegal drugs, Meth, Pot, synthetic drugs..what do you do about that?? they are illegal, but nothing has curtailed this activity..at least nothing that has worked yet.
Just something to think about before jumping too far off the deep end.
#2 Nov 7, 2012
If there weren't so many liquor stores so close to Carter county in Washington and Sullivan, I might have voted differently, but they were getting the tax dollars and the stores are so close to us anyway, I don't see any impact to us other than some extra tax revenue.
#3 Nov 7, 2012
I really don't like hearing about the "revenue", the missed out tax dollars..
You want a strong tax base with steady revenue? You bring in a strong jobs program.
#4 Nov 7, 2012
And how do you invest jobs out of thin air?
#5 Nov 7, 2012
#6 Nov 7, 2012
just gize me my check and free cellphone and foo stamps ..............
#7 Nov 10, 2012
There's a lot of people around here who could use a good stiff drink or two...
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