Liquor sales on the ballot again in Anna

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

ANNA, Tex. -- Only two years after voters allowed the sale of liquor, they will again decide if liquor will continue to be sold in that Collin County town. Some say the city can't afford to lose the tax revenue while others say they don't want that kind of business.

Rows of bottles fill Anna Fine Wines and Spirits. It’s one of the few stores in Collin County where customers can buy alcohol.

In 2005, voters decided to allow the sales, but recently a group of residents formed a petition calling for another election to halt off-premise liquor sales.

They say they do not want the sales for moral reasons and inherit problems that could come with alcohol in Anna, but others say stopping the sale would stunt growth.

"It’s sending a message out to other businesses that Anna doesn't want those types of businesses, they don't want to grow, and it's going to be a major impact to our economy," says councilman Keith Green.

City leaders say tax revenue from liquor sales pumps about $15,000 a month into the tax base to pay for services as Anna tries to keep up with its booming population.

In 2000, Anna’s population was around 1,200. Today that number is roughly 9,000.

"When your total budget is $4.8 million, and you're talking about losing 5 to 8 percent of the budget, you're either going to have to cut back spending of finding revenue some place else,"interim city manager Kenny Jenk says .

Those who don't want liquor sales in Anna say they fear empty buildings will be filled with businesses that aren't beneficial to the community.

"We’re asking restaurants to come, but they're saying they are going to wait until after this election before they make up their minds," Green says.

City officials say property taxes could increase if they lose the liquor revenue, but others say it's a small price to pay to keep their quality of life.

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  • by Mork Location: Ork on Oct 25, 2007 at 09:21 PM
    If all the people that claim they have nothing against drinking but don't want alchol sold in their city because it will be a "ghetto target" I have a solution. Don't try & stop the sale of alchol in your city but help campaign to have alchol be available everywhere in Texas - state wide in every city. Then we all win & we can buy the drink of our choice in all cities. What a deal, aye? That way all the critters will stay in the dump....I mean South Dallas.
  • by Daisy Location: Anna on Oct 25, 2007 at 12:31 PM
    "I knew I would come under attack if I presented an alternative point of view from the pro alcohol forces. Why are folks so militant about this?" Because I should be able to buy what I want in my own town. And the argument that selling alcohol makes a town less family friendly is antiquated and frankly your arguments are not based on facts. You "feel" that and you "think" that... Our own Chief of Police has stated that not one liquor related problem has occurred since the liquor stores came to town. And South Dallas has always been a dump. Using that as an example of anything just shows how illogical and flawed your arguments are.
  • by Whyte Mackay Location: Anna on Oct 25, 2007 at 09:37 AM
    Brookshires said that they couldn't guarantee they would continue building if the alcohol is voted out. The Anti-alcohol brigade is just a bunch of BS with people trying to turn the place into their own little Utah.
  • by Joe Location: Denison on Oct 24, 2007 at 10:25 PM
    What's wrong with truck stops? As a former resident of Anna (when there was only one truck stop there, not the three that are there now), I would have preferred an Anna without the truck stop. Dealing with the trucks exiting and entering Hwy 75, the congestion at the intersection etc, was dangerous and made the area less appealing than it would otherwise have been. Anna was a very small town. I liked it that way. Furthermore, the persistent and obtrusive glow of the truck stop at night detracted from the rural living experience. The addition of a liquor store at that intersection has added to the congestion, and the Hwy 75 exits still have yet to be improved. In fact, the access road there is still "two way", and it is not a place where you want to try to travel south of the liquor store (on the eastside access road). If you think life is good where such businesses (and gambling) are predominant, go live there. Meanwhile, let the people of Anna exercise their right to decide (again).
  • by Kevin J Location: Anna on Oct 24, 2007 at 07:42 PM
    I went to a council meeting. City Mgr. Jenks said the Anna General Fund budget is 2.7 million (where operating expenses come from). The total budget is 4.85M (including water and sewer). They are talking about losing $15-20K per month. What % of the GF would that be? I get 6% low and 8.8% high. Not fuzzy at all....maybe the reporting was a little fuzzy
  • by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2007 at 03:12 PM
    All you have to do is look at areas where liquor stores and truck stops are prevelant. South Dallas is a prime example. Hold out for quality business, focus on your recreational opportunities and school systems and you will see a lot of growth, property appreciation and a lot if tax revenue increase. Sorry if I don't have aspirations for Anna to become the next Colbert, OK! Truck stops. People simply do not like having to naviagate around those things. They are creating traffic hazards coming in and out of Anna all the time. They are also known for attracting "lot lizards" or truck stop prostitutes for those wondering what a "lot lizard" is. If you think they aren't at the Anna truck stops, guess again.
  • by bubba redneck Location: sherman on Oct 24, 2007 at 01:38 PM
    you still haven't explained in your opinion what is soooo negitive about truck stops and liquor stores??? please teach stated its not a moral issue but to me it is sounding like it is to you...."IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME"
  • by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2007 at 01:19 PM
    I knew I would come under attack if I presented an alternative point of view from the pro alcohol forces. Why are folks so militant about this? The question for a town located in an area like Anna is what do we want to be when we grow up because Anna will grow simply because of its proximity to DFW and McKinney. For those of us living there would we rather our homes we paid $150K for today be worth $300K in fifteen years or simply $180K? My opinion, if liquor stays, look for the scenario I just described. I am not a tee-totaller and don't care if someone drinks, that is their business unless they are sharing the road with me, then it is mine. If Anna had other retail, other businesses, employers, etc., I would likely support it but we have no other identity than that and people, with a few exceptions, will not want to locate their families in an area whose primary economy is liquor and trucks stops. It's about our image which right now is not a good one throughot the county
  • by Fred08 Location: Anna on Oct 24, 2007 at 01:12 PM
    5-8% of $4.8m is not $15k/month. Some fuzzy math is going on.
  • by bubba redneck Location: sherman on Oct 24, 2007 at 10:31 AM
    whats so negative about having truck stops and liquor store??? and why having them would stop people from moving there...i suggest you go across the red river and look around chowtaw bingo and thier truck stops seems like they are doing pretty good with the sins of gambling...also look towards colbert they are building a supersize loves truck stop do you think that little town wants it not there...somebody needs to open their eyes to the big picture..wake up or get lost in the wind..
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