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Voters in Cordele to decide on Sunday sales

CORDELE, GA (WALB) - Voters in Cordele will decide in two weeks whether to allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays.

It's hard to believe that legalizing Sunday alcohol sales could deter crime, but one commissioner says it would prevent bootleggers from stocking up on Saturday night to sell on Sunday.

"The main thing is to let the people vote on it and decide if that's what they want. Or what they don't want," said Council Chairman Zack Wade.

Wade is personally against Sunday sales, but feels a democratic approach is the best way to solve the issue.

Another commissioner who is strong proponent, believes it could even knock down alcohol-related crimes.

"It would deter crime cause on Sunday's we have people in the community that are selling alcohol illegally on Sunday because the liquor stores and beer stores shut down," said Commissioner Royce Reeves.

Reeves is a small business owner in Cordele, and thinks passing this law could help the local economy.

"Right now we have people in our community driving to neighboring cities to purchase alcohol on Sunday. I want them to buy it from right here," said Reeves.

As it stands today, bars close at 12 on Saturday night, and restaurants can't sell alcohol on Sundays.

"As a business owner in Cordele, it would add more revenue to our city if we can sell alcohol on Sunday. It'll raise up our taxes where we won't have to worry about our taxes going up to 9 percent," said Dawson.

Reeves' message is simple.

"Go to the polls and vote yes for alcohol sales on Sunday," said Reeves.

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