Sales by the drink pass in Bartow County
by Jason Lowrey
May 25, 2014 | 1152 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
By Jason Lowrey

The unincorporated portions of Bartow County approved sales by the drink and Sunday sales by the drink during the Tuesday referendum.

As of press time, sales by the drink received 62.41 percent of the vote, with 4,874 votes cast in its favor. Those opposed cast 2,936 votes against the measure, good for 37.59 percent of the vote.

Sunday sales by the drink saw 4,554 votes in favor, with 58.29 percent of the vote. Those against the measure cast 3,259 votes in opposition, with 41.71 percent of the vote.

Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor said he was not surprised both measures passed, due to recent votes in area municipalities.

“I’m happy that the citizens’ voice was heard, and it will probably bode well for economic development on the ... three exits in Bartow County that’s in the unincorporated areas of Bartow County, of course,” he said. “The restaurants that want to come and invest here and the nicer hotels that have restaurants will have an opportunity to offer those beverages.

“But once again, I didn’t support it [and] I didn’t campaign against it. I felt like it was up to the citizens to decide whether we had alcohol by the drink or not.”

During the runup to the referendum, Taylor said he did not hear any support for the measure or opposition to it.

“No, I didn’t. I didn’t have any comment either way. I didn’t have a strong contingent either for or against it. It was just kind of a ... it was really surprising that nobody spoke for or against it that I heard,” he said.

All numbers are taken from the Georgia secretary of state’s website and are preliminary tallies. The votes will be confirmed by an election official at later date.