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Fisher County Passes Alcohol & Mixed Beverage Sales

More than half of the total ballots cast in Fisher County's local option election, voted for alcohol and mixed drink sales.
More than half of the total ballots cast in Fisher County's local option election, voted for alcohol and mixed drink sales.

Of the 972 total ballots made, 537 voted for the proposed plan. There were 240 early votes and nearly three-thousand registered voters.

"I wouldn't have been surprised if it passed or not," Fisher County Judge Marshal Bennett said.

Cecille Terry and her family proposed the plan that would allow business owners to sell beer, wine, and liquor through restaurants, bars, liquor and convenience stores. Terry needed more than 470 signatures for a petition if she wanted the plan to reach the ballot.

"I'm really happy it passed," Terry said. "I wouldn't have expected it to be so close and get so many votes."

It will take a process for the newly "wet" county to adjust to its status. The county commissioner's court will make the election results official Wednesday, November 13th.

Locals will then apply for a permit through the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) where if on-premise, are asked to post a sign for 60 days proposing their location.

The process might take longer if the city attorney will create an ordinance that usually limits how far places that sell alcohol can be from schools or churches.

According to TABC's District Supervisor of Auditing Larry Howard, how fast people can obtain a permit depends on the type of application and qualifications. Afterwards, those with a permit must pay a five-dollar certification fee.

"I really think this will benefit the entire community," West-T-Go supervisor Elva Alaniz said. "We've already started moving around for storage."

People for the plan feels this will help keep revenue inside the county and reduce drinking and driving. On the other hand, those who opposed argues alcohol sales will increase crime and underage drinking.

Terry plans on using the warehouse at her family's business T & K Ag as a beer barn. She hopes to open it some time January.
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