Two propositions that will allow sale of alcholic beverages in Gilmer passed overwhelmingly Saturday.
The two propositions were:
1. “The legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only.” It passed 410 for to 115 against.
2. “The legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders only.” It passed 407 for to 114 against.
Both sets of returns were complete but unofficial. They were expected to be canvassed and made official at Tuesday evening’s Gilmer City Council meeting.
Gilmer City Secretary Kathy Hoover said that it may take up to 60 days before businesses in the city can get licenses to sell the alcholic beverages.
Gilmer Mayor R.D. (Buck) Cross said Saturday night he believed passing the proposals will “help the sales tax revenue” for the city.
“I think it was a good turnout” of voters, Cross said. “I think if people can buy their beer here in town, they’ll buy other things. . . If they’re going to drink, they’re going to drive somewhere to get their beer and wine.”
In addition to the canvassing, another matter related to the alcohol propositions was on Tuesday evening’s agenda.
It was “Consider and act on Approval Ordinance No. 14-024 amending the City Zoning Ordinance pursuant to regulations in the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code (TABC), establishing regulations for the purpose of the selling of beer and wine and alcoholic beverages within the city, and the obtaining of permits and licenses for said sale, and prohibiting areas for said sale and permitting areas for said sale; regulating the sale of alcoholic beverages near public schools, private schools, churches, day-care center and child-care facilities; regulating the sale of beer and wine in residential areas; regulating the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages near public or private schools, establishing permits and application fees for the processing of granting permits and licenses to applicants and/or fees to applicants for such license; providing a severability clause; and providing an effective date and matters related thereto.”