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Rickie Williams: still see no proof of progress

Rickie Williams writes:
Linda's comment about taxes added to the economy of this county needs some reconsideration.
Comments re article 81973 Linda Waggener Voting yes to end duplicity buy legall-ocal

Last week I spent a good bit of time on the phone first with ABC in Frankfort. When they were unable to sufficiently answer my questions, they referred me to the Kentucky League of Cities. Within that organization, I spent another hefty amount of time speaking with a lawyer.

Here's what it boils down to...a sales tax of 6% is collected on the sales. Those dollars are then sent back to Frankfort exactly like the sales taxes collected on a meal at a burger joint or nuts and bolts from a hardware store.

Next, I questioned the attorney further concerning the "additional tax" of 4% that was displayed on the receipt posted by someone on from a liquor store in Somerset. He quickly informed me that the 4% amount was not a tax ... rather it is a regulatory fee. In my opinion it is nothing more than six of one and half a dozen of another. But he went on to state that every cent of those dollars collected MUST be accounted for in means associated with the sales/consumption of alcohol ... things like extra law enforcement, education of our youth, etc. Thus those dollars are not building any sidewalks, paving any streets, or repairing/replacing any water lines.

By the way, for those wondering about Linda's use of the word duplicity ... here you go... simple definition of duplicity: dishonest behavior that is meant to trick someone. Have you ever heard of someone being "duped"???

So finally I asked the attorney in what way was this county to prosper/progress due to the sales of alcohol. Imagine a long awkward pause. Finally he stated that in some localities there has been a "ripple effect" of new businesses only willing to locate in wet areas.

Did you know there is a high probability that the bottom of Lake Cumberland is very wet? Maybe those businesses should consider locating there.

But is that the kind of business that we really need here? I think a car parts factory would be incredibly more beneficial. So where is the real Progress for Adair County? Back on January 8th, 2016 I submitted an article to that you titled... "Rickie Williams on going wet: Is this progress?" It was story ID# 80003. In that article I mentioned that NO ONE had YET given me a valid/logical argument for how this county was going to progress with the sales of alcohol. Here we are almost two and a half months later and STILL there has yet to be a valid argument for actual progress.

In the 27 years I have lived in Adair County, the bootlegger business apparently has continued to operate. Folks arguing for a "YES" vote state that they are for legal sales of alcohol. Have the bootleggers signed a notarized statement that should alcohol sales become legal that they are going to cease operations?

Those that are going to drink... are going to drink ...but making sales legal does not mean or imply that there will be Progress for Adair County.

--Rickie Williams

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