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Chris Oliver: vote will be over but issue will not go away

A pragmatic look at the local option issue, writer says

Chris Oliver

If there's one thing everyone can agree on, it's the desire to get this vote behind us and move forward as a community. I believe Tuesday's vote will be close. Theoretically, if the issue happened not to pass, then I believe it would not go away.

If Adair County stays dry, there will be a liquor store on the Russell County line before the end of this Summer. Soon following, I would predict Taylor County to successfully pass their vote (going "moist" has already been a successful step there) and then we will have a liquor store at our county line to the North, too.

These neighboring counties will profit from Adair County staying dry, and the alcohol will physically be back in Adair County within 2 minutes of being purchased.

And then, after a few years of this frustration and our community members reading about the new tax revenues in our neighboring counties, we will find ourselves going through this same process all over again within three years.

I'm sure nearly everyone knows which way they will vote on Tuesday. But if you're on the fence, I'd ask you to vote yes and help pass this issue now so we don't have to spend the time and money to do it again in a few years.

- Chris Oliver

This story was posted on 2016-03-21 16:34:58
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