By Scott Whitehouse
Chairman, Oldham County Expanded Alcohol Sales Committee
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Oldham County Voters have the opportunity in three weeks to cast a historic vote. Please vote "YES" to allow the sale of packaged alcoholic beverages.
On December 5, 1933, Prohibition ended in the United States; 82 years later we have the chance to make the sale of packaged alcoholic beverages available to consumers in Oldham County.
A "YES" vote will create business development, support and expand the restaurant industry, create a new source of revenue, and improve our quality of life.
One year after allowing alcohol sales, Danville, KY welcomed three new restaurants, six new package liquor stores, and a high end whisky bar which resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in new revenue, a 9% increase in tourism dollars, and an increase in retail sales due to more customers shopping in their community.
Corbin, KY increased city revenue by $596,000 the year after expanding alcohol sales and experienced an influx of new retail businesses. The new revenue helped hire three new police officers, and there wasn't an increase in alcohol related arrests.
A few interesting facts for your consideration:
Dry counties have MORE alcohol related crashes than wet counties
Going "WET" does not mean more DUI's
Expanding the sale of alcohol in Oldham County DOES NOT expand the consumption of alcohol in Oldham County
Please Vote "YES" on December 29!