Euharlee voters approve Sunday sales
by Jessica Loeding
Nov 03, 2010 | 2965 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At a time when local governments are making every effort to increase revenue, residents of Euharlee gave the city a little extra boost.

During Tuesday's general election, residents voted in favor of allowing by-the-drink alcohol sales on Sundays, with 55 percent of voters supporting the measure. The referendum does not allow for Sunday package sales.

First proposed by Johnny Mitchell in a July work session, city officials scrambled to process the proper paperwork to have the referendum included on Tuesday's ballot.

"This is an opportunity for us to have more business stay in Euharlee and not go to Cartersville or other places where beer and wine is served Sunday," he said during that meeting.

Mitchell said he polled several restaurant owners in Cartersville, where Sunday sales of beer and wine are allowed, and was told their overall sales improved from 18 to 25 percent in most areas.

City Manager Trish Sullivan said the passing of the measure will certainly increase business, allowing patrons of Johnny Mitchell's Smokehouse to purchase alcohol on Sunday, and opening the door for future businesses to come into the city.

In early results state split on amendments

With few results in Tuesday at press time, it appeared the state was mixed on a proposed five amendments to the Constitution of Georgia.

Just after 10 p.m., almost 500 precincts of roughly 2,900 were reporting votes for the statewide questions on the ballot.

Amendment 1, which would allow non-compete agreements to be enforced in Georgia courts, had 66 percent of the vote with 17 percent of precincts reporting.

The more well-known Amendment 2 would add a $10 tag fee for personal vehicles to fund trauma care centers. With 17 percent of the precincts reporting, 59 percent of the state had voted no the measure.

According to estimates, the $80 million in revenue would fund trauma care units across the state, with the estimates being that 700 lives could be saved each year.

Under Amendment 3 the Georgia Department of Transportation would be able to enter into multi-year contracts, with limits set by the General Assembly, on transportation projects without having all the money upfront. With 482 of 2,902 precincts reporting, the vote was close -- 52 percent against the proposal with 48 percent voting yes.

With Amendment 4 addressing energy efficiency, 57 percent of voters in 17 percent of the precincts voted in favor of allowing the state to execute projects, such as building improvements, that would increase energy efficiency and conservation.

Although Amendment 5 dealt specifically with a group of property owners in Chatham County, statewide voters were in support early of the measure to allow owners of industrial-zoned properties to remove the designation from their property. With 482 of 2,902 precincts, or 17 percent, reporting, 64 percent were in favor.

The final question on the statewide ballot was Referendum A, which did away with the state's inventory tax, held a favorable vote -- 54 percent to 46 percent in agreement.

-- All results were as of press time. The Associated Press contributed to this story.