The Keep Dollars in Randolph County Committee held a press conference Monday at The Missing Link Restaurant to lay out the case for alcoholic beverage sales in Randolph County.
This non-profit organization has the stated goal of working to promote progress and increased retail sales and tax revenues. Its first major project is to support passage of the alcohol referendum on the Nov. 6 presidential general election.
Committee co-chairman Ron Young said, “We need it for the economy, to grow businesses, create jobs."
A life-long county resident whose grandparents on both sides lived here, he said, "I want to see the county do well and I'm a business owner who wants to do well." He owns Wedowee Lake and Lands Realty.
He said a University of Alabama Birmingham School of Business study estimated the county loses more than $1 million annually in alcohol sales to surrounding counties.
Gerald Romine, minister at Roanoke Church of Christ and strong opponent of alcohol sales, held a meeting last Thursday and plans one for this Thursday at the church at 7 p.m. to organize opposition. Any interested persons are welcome, he said.
It is important that citizens get information and that information is correct. The facts need to be presented as they really are and then let folks make up their own minds once they see the facts, Romine said.
Ironically, the county is benefitting from the sale of alcoholic beverages. The old TVA money that went to dry counties for not allowing alcoholic beverages was eliminated in 2009. The approximately $354,000 the county received in 2011 came from funds raised by alcoholic beverage sales in other counties, Young said.