Love Co. set to vote on liquor by the drink

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

LOVE COUNTY, Okla. -- In five days, Love County residents will take to the polls voting on two measures: a hotel-motel tax and liquor by the drink, which supporters say will bring business to the county. Residents who oppose the measure say liquor by the drink will cause more harm than good. Teddy Safo has more.

"We have a lot of great support, a lot of energy in the air." says Shaun Jones of the group “Love County Citizens for Progress”.

On Tuesday, Love County residents will decide if restaurants can serve a glass of alcohol. Love County Citizens for Progress member Shaun Jones says if residents vote yes to the measure, it will mean more money for area restaurants and fewer accidents on the roadways by keeping beverages in the restaurants and bars.

"On our statistics, counties with liquor by the drink are 67% safer than with counties with liquor by the bottle, which we already have."

Even though members of the Love County Citizens for Progress say liquor by the drink will bring in more revenue in the county, some business leaders say it will do more harm than good.

Linda Harper says liquor by the drink will not benefit Love County in any way. She believes the measure will lead to more drivers leaving restaurants and bars after drinking, putting other people on the roads at risk.

"If it’s going to provide jobs to Love County, it’s going to be ambulance drivers. It’s going to be policemen. It’s going to be the sheriff’s department. We’re going to have more people to provide jobs for the negative influences liquor by the drink will bring to the county."

That election will take place Tuesday, January 8.

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  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Jan 7, 2008 at 01:58 PM
    I just love the TV commercial on this issue: the one with the lady talking about downtown and the stop sign planted in an old car. Best of luck to you. Vote early and often!
  • by Jess on Jan 4, 2008 at 10:10 AM
    If something can provide more jobs and money coming into an area, why do you people complain about it???? People are gonna do what they want to do regardless so it really doesn't make that much difference. If you're gonna oppose it so much, COME UP WITH A BETTER SOLUTION THAT WOULD MAKE THE SAME PROFIT!!! GOOD LUCK!!1
  • by TX Location: Texas on Jan 4, 2008 at 09:55 AM
    That would be the only way I could tolerate that place.
  • by Brett Lunsford Location: Drumright, Ok. on Jan 4, 2008 at 09:52 AM
    Liquer by the drink is not actually that bad of a think in an econmical standpoint. I don't drink myself. I was brought up in the FBC in my hometown of Marietta and my statement goes against all things I was tought there. Liquer by the drink will bring in income from the surounding area. I lived in Ada, Ok. for 4 years, when I first moved there it was liquer by the bottle, now that they have liquer by the drink many new restaurants are there. They also have got a new home depot and a couple other places. Like I said from an economical standpoint this would be a good thing.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Jan 4, 2008 at 09:28 AM
    Whiskey at the Winstar! Now we can get drunk while we loose all our money - what a deal!!!
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