Monday, August 9, 2010

Package Liquor Referendum May Be On Ballot

A group calling itself Citizens for Progress in Cookeville is beginning the process to get a package liquor store referendum on the November ballot. The group has already appointed a political treasurer for the campaign in which they hope to have local residents vote on whether or not to allow the stores. Frank Skold told the Cookeville Herald-Citizen his group tried the same thing a year and a half ago, but started too late and didn't advertise it well enough. The group claims package stores could generate between $400,000 and $500,000 in annual tax revenue for the city. Skold said 61 percent of that would go to schools. For the petition to get on the ballot, the group must collect at least 729 signatures. Skold says the group just wants to give voters the opportunity to decide the issue.