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PAC chair questions Magistrates about Restrictive ABC ordinance

PAC chair says five magistrates who voted against Sunday sales in the county should reconsider their votes; she says their actions are tax revenue problems for county; may mean more territory will be annexed to the city unless magistrates reconsider decision

By Shannon Sexton
Personal Commentary

When will the county folks be receiving their 15% property tax refund? I assume the County is rolling in money since our Fiscal Court has turned down the opportunity to allow Sunday sales thus far.

Last evening the Columbia City Council had the first reading of their ABC Ordinance which includes Sunday sales. I applaud the City of Columbia for listening to the voters and paving the way for attracting new business and retaining what they already have. Unfortunately, those of us that reside in the county are facing the same stalemate we’ve had the privilege of facing for decades.

What does Sunday sales in the City but NOT in the County mean for us County folks and County Business Owners?
  • Existing County businesses have expressed intentions to be annexed into the City. County loses existing business and revenue.
  • Several new businesses are looking at Adair County currently. Some are interested in the City and some in the County. Those previously looking at County property are now considering City only or not considering Adair Co. at all. County loses new business prospects and revenue.
  • Existing County businesses which do not intend to or cannot be annexed into the City are facing a huge disadvantage when competing in the local economy. Those in the County won’t have an even playing field when it comes to Sunday business. The County places a hardship on such businesses.
  • Image. When businesses look to us as their new home, what image do we exude? The City is one of free market and opportunity for businesses to thrive. The County is now one of regulations and restrictions. Nobody want’s their investment and livelihood strapped down by outdated regulations and restrictions. Restrictions kill progress.
Why exclude Sunday Sales in the County?

That is the question. After much research, I’ve found no legitimate reason to restrict Sunday sales. Matter of fact, research shows how much businesses and the local economy stand to lose by such Blue Law restrictions. So why are we restricting Sunday sales in the County anyway? Restrict because we don’t need the revenue? Where is our refund?

Restrict because we don’t want new business? Our people need new business and jobs!

Restrict because we want to lose our existing business? Some struggle daily to keep the doors open – are they not worthy of our support and a chance to not only survive but thrive?

Restrict because we didn’t support ending prohibition and this is the only thing we can control? Personal opinions are just that – personal. County business should be based on the potential for the greater economic good. Restrict because of reelection prospects? Remember the voters turned out in huge numbers and the majority voted for progress!

Restrict due to religious reasons? Imagine if we based every government decision on the many factions of religious belief. No cars, no electricity, no Sunday sales and no pork – the list goes on and on.

In the end, it all really comes down to free and fair market. Let those businesses that choose to sell on Sunday do so. Let those customers that choose to buy on Sunday do so. Restrictions kill progress. We’ve been stuck in the same rut for years and finally the people of Adair Co. and made a way for progress – only to be handicapped by something that bears no economic logic whatsoever. Let us grow together, City and County, for the betterment of all Adair County.

The Adair Co. Fiscal Court will meet for the second reading of the County ABC Ordinance this Thursday morning. The original County ordinance to allow Sunday sales was defeated recently with only Terry Hadley, Greg Caldwell and CJE Stephens in favor. The current ordinance may be amended to include Sunday sales but only if we contact those against the measure and ask them to reconsider.

Tell them we want the opportunity to compete. Tell them we want the revenue so the taxpayers no longer bear the entire burden of county government funding. Tell them we want a free and fair market. Tell them we’ve been held back for far too long. Tell them not to force our County businesses into annexation. Tell them not to set us up for failure in regards to attracting new business. Ask them to provide a logical economic reason for their stance against Sunday sales and ask them to strongly reconsider their stance.

Don’t let the work of 3384 people be unraveled by these 5. I ask that you call these magistrates today and urge them to support Sunday sales – support Adair County.

These magistratrates voted against Sunday Sales: Sammy Baker – 270-378-1536; Perry Reeder – 270-634-3234; Harold Burton – 270-250-2460; Daryl Flatt – 270-634-1033; Billy Coffey – 270-250-4449.

Thank you,
Shannon Sexton – County dweller, taxpayer, voter and PAC Chair

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