Alcohol sales back on ballot in Graham

Alcohol sales back on ballot in Graham

GRAHAM, TX (KAUZ) - Residents in Graham are being given another chance to vote to allow the sale of beer and wine for you to take home.

Early Thursday morning city leaders were presented with a petition, with 985 verified signatures, asking for a local option election to legalize the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only.

Currently, you can go to a restaurant in Graham and order a glass of wine or bottle of beer. But, you cannot go to stores like Walmart and take home a six pack.

"I just don't think it's a good idea," Graham resident Denise Cauthen said.

Others want to bring that money back to Graham.

Dee Downey, Graham resident, said, "Well most of the tax dollars that go to the sale of beer, alcohol, even liquor go outside our community. So, why would we give that away?"

This is not the first time residents have voted on similar ballot items. In 2012, the proposed sale of alcohol was voted down. Then in 2014, another ballot item, this time taking place in Young County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, that included both Graham and South Bend was also voted down.

Residents in the city limits of Graham will be able to cast their ballot on this issue again during the general election in November.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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