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Gary Rose has questions for city and county on ABC restrictions

Thinks county must have a stash of cash to forgo Sunday sales and additional tax revenue. Applauds City ordinance for allowing Sunday sales, but thinks hours are not long enough.
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By Gary Rose
Personal commentary

There are a few things that I don't understand about the Adair County Fiscal Court's thinking about the proposed ordinance on alcohol sales:

- 1) Why no Sunday Sales? Does the Fiscal Court think that if there are no Sunday sales that people will not be consuming the adult beverages?

- 2) Why does the Fiscal Court want to punish restaurants and businesses outside the Columbia City limits? Since the City ordinance is permitting Sunday sales restaurants and businesses outside the City limits will lose business on Sundays.

- 3) If there are Sunday sales, why only 4 hours (I recall reading someplace 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM)? It looks like the City is permitting sales until midnight even on Sundays. Restaurants and other retail outlets should be able to sell alcohol during their regular business hours.

- 4) Why the cut off at midnight? Many areas that I know of that have legal alcohol sales permit the purchasing of it until 2:00 AM even if it is a Sunday morning.

- 5) Why the 1:00 PM start time on Sundays (this question is for both the City and County). I realize that it has to do with Church and may God forgive you if you purchase adult beverages while others are in Church. That thinking goes back to the 18th Century Blue Laws. It is about time that both the City and the County enter the 21st Century. If both want to restrict the start time on Sunday then make it Noon, that way restaurant patrons who go out to lunch after Church and want an adult beverage can do so without having to wait an additional hour or two.

- 6) The proposed ordinance permits an additional hour of sales on New Years Eve unless New Years Day is a Sunday, I guess the celebration of the New Year is to stop at midnight on those years.

- 7) Does the County have a reserve of money that the officials are not telling us about? If so then why are our tax bills going up each year? I don't know what the tax revenue from the sale of alcohol is going to be, but would not 100% of the potential tax revenue be better than 85%?

- 8) One of the reasons for the vote for legal sales of alcohol was to stop the illegal sales. With no Sunday sales in the County, it will promote the continuing of illegal sales within the County. Illegal sales does not generate any tax dollars for the county.

Adair County Fiscal Court LET THERE BE SUNDAY SALES OF ALCOHOL! If it is legal to purchase alcohol on Sunday, that does not mean you have to purchase it on Sunday. - GARY ROSE

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