Tahoka close to passing alcohol sales

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Updated: 11/10/2012 10:22 pm
Tahoka residents will soon be able to buy beer and liquor within the city limits.

"Everywhere but here was wet so you know, it's about time," Resident Matthew Gilbert said.

After a petition of more than 200 signatures, residents this Tuesday voted on the sale of alcohol. The vote: 427 to 291.

"We've been missing out on a lot of sales taxes and stuff like that," Gilbert said. "Hopefully it will cut down on DWI's and just make it easier for everybody to get around here and get what they want, instead of having to go to Lubbock or Brownfield, Post, Lamesa."

Tahoka John Baker said not everyone is pleased about the change.

"I think a lot of it is to keep the alcohol out of the youth's hands, and I don't think you're ever going to be able to stop that, whether you have the sales or don't have the sales," Baker said.

He said there is a silver lining where youth safety is concerned.

"One possible advantage to having the legalized sales in the state, we will actually get some additional support from TABC, which will take some of the burden off my local police department," Baker said.

"Whether we tell them they can or can't, if someone is going to get it for them, they're going to get it anyways," Resident Mary Rodriguez said. "So, I just feel like, to me, it's better in all aspects because my child or children aren't going to be out there trying to find somebody to go get it if they are using it."

Possible selling locations include Allsups, Stripes, Dollar General and the local grocery store.

"Rumor is that Allsups and Dollar General are looking at new locations because of the space constraints that they have at their current locations," Baker said. "So, they may possibly look at new building sites."

Baker said it won't happen overnight. The city will hold a final council meeting Monday, Nov. 19, and they will start working on getting permits once everything is finalized.
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