Group peitioning to get beer, wine sales on ballot

Published on Wednesday, 2 July 2014 23:07 - Written by Staff Reports

A Bullard group started collecting the required number of signatures on petitions to place limited beer and wine sales, and mixed beverage restaurant sales on the November ballot for the current boundaries of the city of Bullard.

The Bullard Committee for Economic Fairness began circulating petitions last week, and must gather 221 valid signatures by July 11 to have this issue placed on the November ballot, according to a news release.

Bullard officials will then have 30 days to verify the signatures before the petitions must be presented at the next regular meeting of the city council. If the required number of valid signatures has been reached, officials are required to put the local option on the November ballot.

The group is asking voters to sign two petitions. One is for the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only, which would allow for beer and wine to be sold in gas stations and grocery stores.

The other is for the legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders only, which would allow for alcohol to be sold in restaurants without the designation of a private club.

Smith County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 voters approved both measures in November 2012. However, that left parts of Bullard, which straddles the Smith and Cherokee County line, at a disadvantage, the release states.

“It’s unfair that part of our city can legally sell and part of our city cannot,” Tom Roper, committee treasurer, said in the statement. “It puts the southern section of our city at a huge disadvantage as far as potential growth and property values.”