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Sunday sales in stores? Voters could decide

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

January 14, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia voters may get to decide whether alcohol can be sold in stores on Sundays.

A billed was introduced Tuesday in the Georgia Senate that would allow local governments to hold elections so voters can decide. Supporters say it could mean million of dollars in tax revenues for the state, but for local governments it doesn't mean as much. 

"From a municipality perspective the excise taxes and the revenues we receive off of a business license certainly it would have some affect, but these are not a primary revenue stream and would not change that much anyway," said Wes Smith Assistant City Manager.

Albany would only get five percent of the excise tax, where the state gets 95 percent. Dougherty County voters overwhelming supported the proposal that allowed Sunday sales in restaurants and bars.

If approved by lawmakers, the proposal would need four votes in Albany's city commission to make it to the voters.

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