Geneva Residents to vote for against the sell of alcohol

By: Denise Bradberry Email
By: Denise Bradberry Email

Tuesday, May 25th, Geneva city residents will decide whether or not to legalize the sell of alcohol in the city limits.

It's a seemingly simple answer. Yes, or no?

But when the question is whether or not to support the sell of alcohol in the City of Geneva, the answer isn't always so simple.

“It’s an emotional issue that's often discussed and has been for a number of years,” says Mayor Wynnton Melton.

Carol Powell plans on adding beer and wine to the menu at her restaurant if the city goes wet.

"Geneva’s broke. We're losing tax dollars every month, businesses are closing and we need some sort of other revenue," says Powell, "I’m within three miles of the liquor store and we see them going down there all the time, we need that money here, not in Florida."

But area religious leaders say alcohol isn't the answer to city's financial burdens.

"It would take a vast amount of alcohol to generate the revenue we need," says Maple Avenue Baptist Church Pastor Mike Shirah, "I think we'll have a problem with ready access for our young people. It'll be easily available for them; we'll have an increase in our family strife and struggles."

A “yes” vote would make Geneva the only municipality in Geneva County to sell alcohol.

A county-wide vote in November of 2008 went dry by only 91 votes; less than 1% of the total ballots.

"This here is your opportunity to go to the polls and vote it simply up or down within the city limits of Geneva," says Melton.

The vote will be held at the Geneva Community Center from 7 am till 7 pm.

You can get immediate results from Geneva Tuesday night from reporter Denise Bradberry’s twitter feed or by signing up for our breaking news text alerts.

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  • by Patricia Location: Geneva Cty on May 28, 2010 at 08:36 PM
    All though my husband and I no longer drink I think that it is a freedom of choice and just because the sale of alcohol is voted in does not mean that everyone will buy it but it does add tax monies to the city revenue and this should be considered a boost to a struggling economy. All true christians should not feel threatened by the sale of alcohol because they have the freedom to choose not to buy it. And all drinkers are going to buy it somewhere whether it is in Geneva or another city or county so keep the monies local.
  • by Anonymous on May 25, 2010 at 01:54 PM
    I wonder how many of these folks who are agianist it are the ones who drive down to Florida to buy their beer.
  • by Time for a change Location: Geneva County on May 25, 2010 at 01:01 PM
    I have lived here for 40 yrs.and this is a issue that needs to be resolved so we can save whats left of this worn down,broke and back woods living we do.TVA money for being dry is coming to a end Florida enjoys spending our money on thier roads and schools and maybe just maybe we can get law enforcement up to par and put patrols on the road after 5pm ( no.. we do not have law enforcement after hours patroling the county )like it or not we are known as the wettest dry county in Alabama and we are giving away Geneva coutny tax dollars to other states hand over fist.Voting it down will not stop anyone from drinking and picking up some quick pic lotto tickets but it will stop this county from fixing its roads and keeping its schools solvent.Wake up Geneva county quit complaining and get out and do something about it.
  • by Jason Location: Geneva on May 25, 2010 at 08:29 AM
    The pastors of the local churches aren't the ones being financially effected by revenues lost over remaining dry, it is the business owners who are struggling. I think the church will do just fine whether the issue passes or not.
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