Polk County to Vote on Sunday Alcohol Sales

       Polk County citizens will have an opportunity to make a statement on an issue that has taken the state of Georgia by storm this past year.

       In the December meeting, the Board of County Commissioners voted and passed a resolution that calls for “an election to authorize the county commission to permit and regulate Sunday sales of malt beverage.”

       Sales would be permitted between the hours of 12:30 pm and 11:30 pm.

       The election will take place on March 6 of next year. If passed, the permit will go into effect on April 1, 2012.

       According to Commissioner Cleve Hartley, the resolution was made especially for businesses that are “just outside the county.”

       He pointed out that, with Rockmart passing a similar resolution, businesses located just outside of city limits will be put at a major disadvantage.

       When asked why the board decided not to wait until November, the commissioner said that the sooner the issue was taken care of, the better off the county would be.

       He also believes that if it is an important issue for people, then they will get out and vote.

       Commissioner Hartley stated, “This is a decision that needs to be made by the citizens of Polk County. Let the voters decide.”