Beer, wine sales referendum in York County approved

dworthington@heraldonline.comNovember 6, 2012 

— With 78 of 89 of York County’s precincts reporting Tuesday night, efforts to allow Sunday beer and wine sales in York County appear successful.

In York County, voters were asked whether there should be Sunday beer and wine sales at convience stores and grocery stores.

In Lancaster County, the question was whether to allow Sunday beer and wine sales at restaurants.

According to early results, 65 percent of York County voters said yes and 35 percent said no. No Lancaster County results were available. Check heraldonline.com for the latest results.

The Committee of Citizens & Business for York County sponsored the referendum in that county, gathering more than 9,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot. Chet Miller of the committee said the issue is economics, allowing people to buy locally and not have to travel to Charlotte. The committee estimates the county would net about $200,000 annually if all of the eligible stores sought licenses. That figure does not include what York County would collect in increased sales tax.

In 2006, Rock Hill voters approved the on-site sale of beer and wine. In 2008, York County voters approved the on-site sale of beer and wine, and Tega Cay voters approved the Sunday sales of beer and wine at stores.

Elissa Boyet, one of the Lancaster referendum’s organizers, also has been touting the economic benefits. She said the economic gain is difficult to predict because she doesn’t know how many restaurants will seek a permit, which cost $3,000. The Lancaster committee collected more than 4,700 signatures to put the issue on the ballot.

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