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County alcohol sales to be on ballot

Davie County commissioners unanimously approved on Monday a resolution that will allow residents to vote whether to allow the sales of beer and wine in the county.

The vote will occur during the March 3 primary.

According to the resolution, “various citizens … have requested the issue of malt beverages and unfortified wine sales be placed on a ballot for the citizens … to vote upon.”

All three incorporated towns in the county – Bermuda Run, Cooleemee and Mocksville – allow alcohol sales, and all three have an ABC store. All but Cooleemee allow on-premise (restaurant) sales of beer, wine and mixed drinks.

“Various citizens and businesses in the county wish to be placed on equal footing with the citizens and businesses within the towns as to the sales of malt beverages and unfortified wine … giving the citizens of the county a voice in the sales.

Voters will select for or against on four issues: to permit on-premises and off-premises sale of malt beverages; to permit the off-premises only sale of malt beverages; to permit the on-premises and off-premises sale of unfortified wine; and to permit the off-premises sale only of unfortified wine.

County Manager John Eller said the commissioners had talked about the issue several months prior to Monday’s vote.