PELHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — An alcohol sale vote is on the ballot Tuesday in Shelby and Chilton counties.
As the law stands now, you cannot buy alcohol in Shelby County on Sundays. Depending on how the vote goes Monday, a local amendment would allow alcohol sales 7 days a week.
A study commissioned by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce projects Sunday alcohol sales could bring in an additional $10 million each year and create 170 jobs.
Pelham’s City Council President Rick Hayes said restaurants and businesses are at a competitive disadvantage, but not everyone is in favor. CBS42 heard from churches and individuals who want to preserve the current law.
“More tax dollars,” said Rueschenberg, owner of the Pink Package Store. “We will get conventions that we are not getting now. Pelham Civic Center is not used and is getting passed over for conventions on Sunday because they can’t have alcohol there.”
“You can get it on Saturday or Monday if you really need it,” said Katherine Stewart, Shelby County resident. “Or if you’re going to have a party just go the day before and get it. I’m just old-school traditional I guess.”
People who live in Chilton County will also vote Tuesday whether to legalize liquor throughout the entire county, or stay dry.
The county receives $320,000 from the Tennessee Valley Authority for being a dry. Supporters said the tax revenue from alcohol sales will make up for the lost TVA money.
Those against it say that alcohol would impact people’s lives in a negative way.
“You have families that break up because somebody is abusing alcohol, you have families where money is spent purchasing alcohol and they don’t spend it on the necessities of life for their families to children suffer, and the churches are the ones who have to clean up the mess,” said Reverend Rex Kent.
“Those that are gonna drink are gonna drink,” said Jim Sims. “You might as well tax it and make the people in Chilton County a little richer.”
If alcohol sales pass, the tax revenue will go to fund road and bridge repairs.
Stick with CBS42 to find out what happens with these two votes.