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Vote on Sunday sales planned
County joining city with March 6 referendum
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Forsyth County News

Ballot language

 

The proposed wording of the March 6 referendum:

"Shall the governing authority of Forsyth County, Georgia, be authorized to permit and regulate package sales by retailers of malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.?"

Forsyth County voters will be able to decide this winter whether stores should be allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays.

Commissioners voted 5-0 on Tuesday to hold a referendum on the issue March 6, the state’s presidential preference primary.

The city of Cumming had previously announced it would hold a Sunday sales referendum on that date, as will neighboring Dawson and Hall counties.

The referendum was possible after Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill in spring that allowed communities to put the issue before voters.

After the work session Tuesday, Commission Chairman Brian Tam said residents had asked to "have an opportunity to vote on this."

Voters in other nearby jurisdictions — including Dawsonville, Flowery Branch, Gainesville and Oakwood — approved Sunday package sales of alcohol Nov. 8.

But neither Forsyth County nor Cumming had it on that ballot, which featured a referendum on a six-year extension of the 1-cent sales tax.

Prior to setting the November election last summer, Tam said the commission didn’t get the sense the public wanted it then.

"We had very few correspondents. No one came to speak at any public comments. I can count on one hand the number of formal requests I had to put it on there," he said, adding that more have since come in.

Monday, the county elections board is expected to call for the election.